Mark Gettle

Associate Professor, Psychology and Management & Leadership; Department Chair, Management & Leadership and Entrepreneurism


Bachelor of Science in Biology, Virginia Commonwealth University
Master of Business Administration, Strayer University
Doctorate in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Capella University


Dr. Gettle teaches a broad array of courses in the Human Services, Management & Leadership, and Entrepreneurism Majors, and participated in the development of several of the online degree programs offered at Bluefield College.

He is an active member in the Virginia Psychological Association and a member of the Virginia School of Applied Psychologists. Dr. Gettle is a Board Certified Safety Professional, as well as the founder of Safety Consulting Associates, a third party loss control and risk management consulting firm that now operates in five states in the Mid-Atlantic.

He has been published with work on the concept of automaticity and emotional intelligence, and is a frequent guest speaker on these topics, as well as behavioral observation, employee engagement, worker motivation, organizational and leadership development, and industrial/organizational psychology.

Other professional competencies include behavioral management and training systems, behavioral auditing and observations, and workplace and organizational behavior and culture modification.

Dr. Gettle has received recognition for his work in private and public organizations and community involvement, working with inner-city families and military support organizations.

Andrew Lawrence

Assistant Professor of Management and Leadership; eLearning Consultant


Ph.D. in Global Leadership and Organizational Management (ABD), Indiana Tech
M.A. in Teaching and Learning with Technology, Ashford University
B.A. in Humanities and English, Bluefield State College
Academic Leadership Certificate, Baylor University


Andrew Afton Lawrence, Ph.D. (ABD) has committed 5 years of service to Bluefield College in various faculty, staff, and leadership roles. He joined the Bluefield College academic technology team in 2012 as an Online Course Content Specialist. Shortly thereafter he was promoted to Director of Online Programs where he led the academic technology team and spearheaded a redesign of the online program’s pedagogy, policy and procedures, and online learning management system.

In 2015, Andrew accepted the position of Associate Vice President for Online and Distance Education where he led communal efforts to approve and launch multiple online undergraduate and graduate programs and implement the College’s first four-week online term, Fall Term III. He was also given oversight for the enrollment management and student services operations under the aegis of online and distance education.

As a faculty member, Andrew has taught courses in Business Administration, Information Technology, and Management and Leadership. He has also devoted time to serve as the Chair of the faculty’s Technology Committee and Marketing Committee. As Chair of the Technology committee, he envisioned and launched the first-annual Bluefield College Faculty and Staff Technology Conference.

Recently, he accepted a full-time online faculty appointment and role as the College’s online education consultant while focusing on completing his dissertation for a Ph.D. in Global Leadership and Organizational Management titled, “The Presence of Inspirational Motivation: A Study of Executive Level Leadership in Higher Education.”

He has served as a member of the Virginia State Advisory Council for SARA, the University of Professional and Continuing Education Association, and Online Learning Consortium. He is happily married to the woman of his dreams, Amanda. They are active members in their church, and in their spare time they operate Once Upon a Pet, a rescue and placement organization for lost animals in Mercer and Tazewell Counties. They have rescued three dogs that they call their own and a cat, named Kitty.