William Blaney named 2009 Penn State Fayette Outstanding Fellow
The “Outstanding Fellow of Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus” was established in 1985 by two local businessmen. Their intent was to honor a community leader whose support of the campus had been so exemplary as to warrant special recognition by the advisory board and the campus’ administration, faculty, staff and students. Penn State Fayette does not grant honorary degrees, so the Outstanding Fellow Award is the highest honor the campus can bestow. The recipients of this award possess the qualities that truly epitomize the phrase, “Penn State proud.”
“Bill Blaney has been an advocate of Penn State Fayette for many years,” Osagie says. “As a Penn State alumnus, Bill has a strong connection with the University, but his support of the Fayette campus is noteworthy. It is obvious in everything he does—from his active participation as a member of the advisory board to his volunteer efforts on many campus projects, such as the inaugural Blues and White Gala to raise funds for scholarships in April—that Bill is committed to partnering with us to provide the residents of Fayette County and southwestern Pennsylvania the quality education that is the hallmark of Penn State.”
Blaney graduated from Uniontown High School in 1966, earned a bachelor’s degree in Ag Business Management from Penn State University in 1970, and an MBA degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1991.
Upon graduation from Penn State, Blaney worked for Agway Inc., moving up to a store management position in 1972, at which time he managed four different locations with increased responsibility over the next five years.
In 1976, he left Agway to join his brothers in the fledgling company of Blaney Farms. First as a truck driver, then as a dispatcher, he learned the business from the ground up. He is now the corporation’s vice president and general manager and, with the exception of maintenance, oversees virtually all aspects of the trucking operation.
Blaney is an active community member, focused on, among other things, the promotion of industrial development and education. He is a member and elder in the Pleasant View Presbyterian Church. He serves as an officer and board member of the Uniontown Rotary Club; the district secretary-treasurer of Rotary District 7330; immediate past president of the Fayette Chamber of Commerce; a member of the executive board of the Fayette Chamber; a member of the Advisory Board of Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus; an officer and executive committee member for the Fay-Penn Economic Development Council; and an executive committee member of the Fay-Penn Industrial Development Corp. He also is involved with Chestnut Ridge Counseling Service, Fayette County’s Transportation Executive Committee, the Public Participation Panel, and the Westmoreland-Fayette Workforce Investment Board.
Pictured from the left: Wayne H. Port, chairman of The Advisory Board of Penn State Fayette; William Blaney, recipient of the 24th Outstanding Fellow of Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus Award; and Dr. Emmanuel I. Osagie, chancellor of Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus.