Springfield native Randy Blackwood is entering his 30th year at Missouri State and his ninth as executive director of athletic and entertainment facilities.
Blackwood earned his bachelor's degree in speech and theatre from Missouri State in 1980. He has been involved in public assembly venue management since 1981, serving as the Fine Arts Auditorium Manager at the University of Georgia for four years before returning to his alma mater in 1984.
During his tenure at MSU, Blackwood has been involved in the administration of Hammons Student Center and Plaster Sports Complex, including the last nine years as director of the two facilities. On July 1, 2005, he was named executive director of the University's three top public venues, Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts, Hammons Student Center, and Plaster Sports Complex. In 2008, Blackwood added another on-campus facility to the list of venues he oversees with the opening of JQH Arena.
Blackwood is a graduate of Leadership Springfield and a member of the International Association of Assembly Managers (IAAM), as well as the 2013 class of Leadership Missouri. He also serves as chairman of the board for the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Blackwood resides in Springfield with his wife, Joyce Owen-Blackwood.