Dr. Blankenship started out at ETSU with a B.S. in Social Work and M.A.T. in Elementary
Education and Special Education. He then went on to the Univeristy of Tennessee to
earn his Ed.D. with the specializations Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Psychology
and Guidance, and Supervision and Administration. Dr. Blankenship started working
as faculty at ETSU in 1971. In this position, he taught numerous courses, served on
many committees, and wrote several grants. He also provided services as a consultant
for organizations, schools, and companies in the East Tennessee region.