Kenneth S. Blankenship
Class of 2014
Category: Distinguished Alabama Sportsman
Born November 16, 1935 in Alexander City, AL.
Ken received his undergraduate and Master of Science Degrees from Troy State University, and his Doctorate Degree in Education from Auburn University.
He spent over 25 years with the Alabama State Department of Education in several leadership roles. In 1996, he became the Executive Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors and Coaches Association and was responsible for the creation of the Alabama High School All-Star Sports Week.
He was the first Executive Director of the Bryant-Jordan Student-Athlete Scholarship Program from 1989 to 2010. This program awards 96 scholarships to high school students from all across the state.
He served as a member of the International Olympic Educational Committee and represented the United States in the 1980 Olympic Training Session in Olympia, Greece. The National Federation of High School Athletic Association presented him the Citation Award for a lifelong contribution to interscholastic athletics on both the state and national levels in 2000. He was inducted to the Alabama High School Hall of Fame in 2004.
He served as athletic director at Troy University and successfully led the University’s athletic program through the transition from NCAA Division II to Division I.
He currently serves as the first Executive Director of the Central Alabama Sports Commission.
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