Courtney C. Blankenship is the current Director of Music Business at Western Illinois University (WIU). In 2017, she received the prestigious WIU College of Fine Arts and Communication “Excellence in Teaching” Award. An active community member, she co-founded a 501c3 publication “IParent Magazine” in 2006, and serves as President of the Band Boosters, a fundraising arm for the local Jr/Sr High School. Recently, she enjoyed participating in the Ready to Run™ Illinois campaign training program for women. Prior to her appointment, she held positions in the tourism industry, a law firm, in grant administration, and arts event marketing/public relations. She is a member of the College Music Society (CMS), Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association (MEIEA), the Association of Arts Administration Educators (AAAE), Engineering Audio Recording Society of Chicago (EARS) and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS). Blankenship received a B.S. degree in Marketing and Minors in Piano Performance and Arts Management from Miami University of Ohio. Her M.A. in Arts Administration is from Indiana University-Bloomington.