- As president, Blackburn will chair the board of directors, provide leadership during a two-year term to NAPOMLE, and coordinate a network of middle level education professors.
- Blackburn assumed her duties at the National Middle School Association Convention held in Minneapolis, Minn., Nov. 3-7, 2004.
Winthrop University, "Education Professor to Chair Middle School Association" (2005). Winthrop News 2005. 159.