Meet the CEOs

 CEO Jeffrey Montague (Office 1)

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Jeffrey Montague is Associate Vice Dean, Emeritus of Temple University’s School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM) and has over 25 years of administrative experience in higher education. Since retiring this past spring, he now serves as the Director of Development and Alumni Engagement. A graduate of Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, the oldest historically black college/university in America, Montague went on to complete a Master’s Degree at Temple University before joining its administration and its faculty as an instructor.

One of the philosophies Montague has strived to maintain over the years is to make customer service a priority not only to all students, but their families. He believes the ability to provide personal service has a vital place in the academic setting, especially in an age of increased technology. Further, he takes pride in mentoring students in their personal growth as creative thinking and innovation drives our quest to Be The Best.

Montague teaches a Senior Professional Development Seminar class required for graduation from STHM. He also has a professional background in helping students set goals and objectives for themselves, and in perfecting the necessary skills for getting into a productive career. To him, pre-professional development is as important as an impressive grade point average.

Montague challenges himself to stay connected to the student population and alumni, knowing that many graduates give back to Temple/STHM by offering internships and other opportunities to those currently pursuing degrees. As Montague tells his students, “I don’t make friends, I make alumni.”


CEO Rick Ridall (Office 2)

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Rick Ridall is the Director of Industry Relations at the School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM) as well as an Assistant Professor in Sport and Recreation Management. Mr. Ridall teaches a Senior Professional Development Seminar class required for graduation from STHM. Rick received his Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice from Temple University, and then later received his Master’s of Education in Sports and Recreation Management from Temple’s School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management.

Rick has over 20 years of professional experience in the field of sport management with Comcast-Spectacor. He started his career as a Penthouse Suite Concierge Supervisor for the Philadelphia Eagles and Assistant Ticket Manager for the Philadelphia Flyers. To him, being confident in what you do and the work you do is just as important as succeeding in the classroom.


CEO Heather Blackburn (Office 3)

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Dr. Heather Blackburn joins the School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM) as the school’s Assistant Dean. She also shares an appointment as Assistant Professor of Instruction in Sport and Recreation Management where she is teaching a Senior Professional Development Seminar course required for graduation from STHM.

Most recently, Dr. Blackburn served as Director of Student Services and Administration at Drexel University’s Center for Hospitality and Sport Management, where she oversaw the center’s academic advising services and staff, led the center’s new-student initiatives, and managed academic and financial aid appeals. Additionally, she oversaw the department’s budget, led the center’s curriculum committee, and on-boarded new adjunct faculty while at Drexel. In addition to her decade plus experience at Drexel, Dr. Blackburn also worked in Admissions and Financial Aid Counseling at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Dr. Blackburn’s experience also includes a stint in the corporate, eBusiness world with a start-up company known as Elemica Inc. While at Elemica, she managed training and education for the company’s clients and online tools suite.

Dr. Blackburn earned her Ed.D. in Education Leadership and Management with a concentration in Higher Education, from Drexel University. She attained her Master of Science degree in education from the University of Pennsylvania and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Lehigh University.

As a former Division I athlete, Dr. Blackburn continues to pursue competitive and recreational endeavors. She most recently completed the Boston Marathon in April 2016 and climbed her first Colorado ‘14er, Pikes Peak in June 2016 while previously summiting Mt. Rainier in 2012.

Dr. Blackburn is a native of Southeastern Pennsylvania having grown up in Skippack Township in Montgomery County. She currently resides in West Chester, PA with her husband, David.