Gary L. Blauser (’67)

Category: Alumni Service | Awards

2022 Alumni Service Award Winner

Gary L. Blauser graduated from UT’s College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences with a degree in education and a major in social studies. Blauser briefly taught social studies at high schools in Knox County and Columbus, Ohio, before transitioning into administrative roles within companies that promote education. He retired as a senior administrator for a company that leads in hands-on learning. At ETA hand2mind, Blauser worked as the National Sales Manager then Senior Vice President of Sales.

An assortment of publication jobs led to Blauser’s administrative rank at ETA hand2mind. His first peek into publishing was with Ginn & Company—now Pearson Education—as an elementary and secondary education sales representative. He worked at another textbook publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, in the area of standardized testing as regional vice president before becoming the National Sales Manager of a subsidiary company, Riverside Publishing. Prior to joining the company where he would retire, Blauser served as vice president of Open Court Publishing, which produces philosophy-based books.

Blauser has received several excellency awards during his career. At ETA hand2mind, he earned Leadership Awards and the Marge Goldman Award, as well as numerous sales achievement awards. He was recognized in Brown’s “Who’s Who” in Educational Publishing.

Blauser serves on the Dean’s Board of Advisors for the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, for which he and his wife also fund an endowed scholarship. In addition, he was also chair of the Dean’s Board of Advisors. Additionally, he served on the UTK Alumni Board of Directors.