Dean is a 1988 graduate of Francis Marion University in which he worked as an employee in Intramural Sports from 1983-1988. Mr. Blackburn became a full-time employee with Francis Marion University in 1988 as the Assistant Coordinator of the Smith University Center from 1988-1999 and served as the Director of Campus Recreational Services until 2006. Mr. Blackburn currently serves as the Director of the Smith University Center.
Mr. Blackburn serves in various other capacities at Francis Marion University as the certified pool operator, coordinator of summer programs and Inter-Fraternity Council Advisor. Mr. Blackburn is a member of the National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association, South Carolina Certified Pool Operators and board member of the South Carolina Senior Sports Classic. Mr. Blackburn is a member of the United Sates Jaycees. Mr. Blackburn is the past President of the Marion Jaycee chapter from 2003-2005 and member of the South Carolina Jaycee Palmetto Corps. Mr. Blackburn's hobbies are sports, working in the outdoors and working with youth in baseball and softball.
Mr. Blackburn lives in Hartsville, South Carolina with his wife Amy. Mr. Blackburn has three step daughters and a grandson.