Dusty Anderson

Professor of Information Technology


Ed.D., Computer Education, West Virginia University, ‘95
M.A., Computer Education, Virginia Tech, ‘84
B.S., Industrial Engineering & Operations Research, Virginia Tech, ‘82


Professor Anderson joined the Bluefield College family in 1998. His background includes 25 years of academic computing experience. This includes a mixture of faculty and administrative technology roles. He also has practical work experience in computer engineering, systems administration, industrial engineering, and systems analysis. Dr. Anderson strives to keep the College and his classes current and responsive to emerging technologies by continually monitoring discipline developments and engaging in professional development opportunities. As a part of his personal investment in the global IT industry, Professor Anderson has participated in symposiums and work assignments in Europe and the Middle East. He also endeavors to work personally with students interested in the ever changing world of information technology by offering a variety of special topics courses in Information Technology.

Cynthia Bascom

Professor of Communication, Chair, Department of Communication; Chair, Department of Graphic Communication


Ph.D. in Mass Communication, Ohio University
Master of Business Administration (Marketing Concentration), Ohio University
Bachelor of Fine Arts (Graphic Concentration and Art Education), Denison University


Dr. Bascom’s diverse background encompasses the art, science, and business of communication. Being trained as an artist/designer and then as a businesswoman, she appreciates the aesthetic qualities of all forms of communication, yet understands the dynamic economic forces that shape marketing communication in the U.S. and globally. Courses that she teaches in the Communication and Graphic Communication programs include Fundamentals of Speech, Mass Communication, Advertising, Public Relations II, Media and Society, Senior Seminar, and Senior Project. She is especially honored to have received the Educator of the Year Award (an award voted upon by the student body) her first year teaching at Bluefield College. She has also received the Distinguished Faculty Award and was Bluefield College’s first female teacher to be promoted from associate professor to the rank of full professor.

Stephen Bird

Visiting Professor of Communication

Robert English

Instructor of Business Communication


Mr. English has M.L.M. and M.A. degrees, in addition to graduate training and courses in computer education and course design. He has done studies and readings in adult education online programs. Mr. English is also a community college peer educator recipient.

Kimberly Farmer

Professor of Criminal Justice; Pre-Law Advisor; Chair, Department of Criminal Justice


Dr. Farmer teaches the survey course, Introduction to Criminal Justice, as well as, upper–level courses in Criminology, Criminal Law, and Business Law. She also participated in the development of the original adult degree completion program in Criminal Justice and continues to teach in that program in the on-line format. She attended Bluefield College as an undergraduate and went on to obtain a B.A. in Psychology from West Virginia University and a J.D. from the WVU College of Law in 1989. She began teaching at B.C. in the fall of 1989 creating the Criminal Justice major out of the existing Behavioral Science degree the following year. Dr. Farmer has received numerous service awards and is a member of several professional CRJ organizations.

Mark Gettle

Chair, Online Management & Leadership Major; Interim Chair, Online Entrepreneurism Major; Full-Time Instructor


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


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 5 states in the Mid-Atlantic.

Andrew Lawrence

Instructor of Management and Leadership; Director of Online Programs

Allan MacQuarrie

Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Business


Ph.D., Accounting, Pennsylvania State University, ‘89
M.B.A., Duquesne University, ‘81
Certificate in Accounting, Bentley University, ‘78
B.S., Business Administration, Salem State University, ‘74

Chartered Global Management Accountant, ‘14
Certified Management Accountant, ‘96
Certified Public Accountant, ‘80


Dr. MacQuarrie has taught a variety of accounting and finance courses. In addition to his duties at Bluefield College, he teaches graduate nursing classes at LaRoche College. He is a Fellow in the Healthcare Financial Management Association, and has earned accounting and finance certification, as well as physician practice financial management certification in the Healthcare Financial Management Association. Dr. MacQuarrie's research includes case studies, survey work, and publications in healthcare financial management. His consulting work includes work in tax, accounting information systems, and healthcare financial management.

Professor MacQuarrie has taught at Penn State University, the University of Pittsburgh, Wheeling Jesuit University, and the University of Massachusetts-Boston. He also has had considerable experience working with the accounting and finance concerns of manufacturing companies, such as Joy Global, Rockwell International, and Incom International. He has coached championship student teams in intercollegiate accounting tournaments. He also received awards for his classroom teaching and mentorship activities, and received a professional service award for his service in healthcare financial management.

Mimi Merritt

Assistant Professor of Communication; Director of Institutional Effectiveness; Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs


Mimi teaches journalism and communication law classes at Bluefield College. A graduate of Duke University with a bachelor’s degree in English, she earned her master’s degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition to teaching, Mimi serves as faculty advisor for the online student newspaper, The Rampage; as Director of Institutional Effectiveness; and as secretary of the Faculty Committee, which she chaired for five years. Before coming to Bluefield College, Mimi worked 12 years as a journalist for newspapers in North Carolina and Virginia; as an information specialist at Virginia Tech; as a technical writer and editor for PDR Communications in Lexington, Kentucky; and as a writing tutor and freelance journalist. She is married to Rob Merritt (Dean of the College of Arts and Letters at BC), and they have two children: Charlie and Caroline. Mimi is a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Bluefield, West Virginia, where she has taught Sunday school and served on the Vestry. She served eight years as president of Blue Mountain Performing Arts, a non-profit community concert provider for which she is now a grants writer.

Sharon Perot

Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Business; Dean, College of Professional Programs


Ed.D., Instructional Technology, Northern Illinois University, ‘99
M.B.A., Systems Management, DePaul University, ‘86
B.A., English and Education, Lake Forest College, ‘77


Dr. Perot joined the Bluefield College family in 2014 as the Dean of Professional Programs and Associate Professor of Business. In her current position, she teaches courses in Management, Marketing, and Organizational Behavior. Her academic interests include leadership, student assessment, and organizational behavior. Professor Perot has been an international speaker on Distance Education and eLearning in Central America and Scandinavia. Dr. Perot has been a college professor for over a decade and Associate Dean of a regional Chicago graduate business school.

Her professional career outside of academia includes senior leadership in organizational development and training for a large academic healthcare system in Portland, Oregon, and a multi-state large healthcare system where she served as the Chief Learning Officer. Her professional expertise is in succession planning, leadership development, online education, and change management.

As the Dean of Bluefield College’s Professional Programs, she is committed to driving innovation and continuous improvement to improve student outcomes and nurture a desire for life-long learning and transformational leadership.

Allen Roberts

Instructor of Graphic Communication, Digital Technologist


Mr. Roberts comes to Bluefield College after working for more than a decade in the local news media — first as an editor at the Bluefield Daily Telegraph, and most recently as Internet Director for WVVA-TV.

A lifelong resident of the region, Roberts is a 2002 graduate of Concord University, where he earned a BA in Graphic Design with a minor in Studio Art.

After graduation, Allen spent nearly seven years at the Telegraph, where he was responsible for page layout, headline writing, and editing in the daily edition. He was a two-time winner of ‘Best Front Page’ from the West Virginia Press Association during this time.

In 2010, Allen joined WVVA, the market-dominating NBC affiliate, where he oversaw all of the station’s interactive efforts, including the website, mobile apps, text alert services, social media, and the design of many online ad campaigns. He also appeared on-air as host of the weekly ‘Web Minute’ segment.

While at WVVA, Allen received the 2014 award for ‘Best Use of Digital Media’ from the West Virginia Broadcasters Association.

In addition to his full-time duties in the local media, Allen began teaching Graphic Communication classes in an adjunct role at Bluefield College in the spring of 2010, which he continued to do until accepting a full-time position at the college.

Allen is thrilled to be a part of the Bluefield College family and is pursuing his Masters degree in Integrated Marketing Communications at West Virginia University.

Kelly Walls

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice; Coordinator, Campus Safety


Dr. Kelly Walls, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, became a local police officer in West Virginia at the age of 20, while attending college. During a 24-year career, he was involved in patrol, investigations, K-9, and special operations, including supervision of detectives, D.A.R.E., hostage negotiation, firearms training, and all internal investigations. This includes all allegations of misconduct, as well as officer-involved-shootings. While a police officer, Dr. Walls finished a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice and attended graduate school, earning a doctorate in 1996 from Southwest University in Kenner, La. Dr. Walls is also a Graduate of the FBI National Academy, 142nd session, 1995. He trained and worked as a Special Deputy United States Marshal for nine years.

Dr. Walls has either personally investigated or supervised the investigation of any kind of case imaginable, from petty theft to 1st degree homicide. He has also personally investigated allegations of police misconduct, ranging from misfeasance/malfeasance of duty to improper use of police weaponry resulting in death.

Jianfeng (Eric) Yao

Assistant Professor of Economics


Ph.D., Economics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, ‘13
M.A., Economics, Central Michigan University, ‘07
B.S., Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, Nantong University, China, ‘05


Professor Yao joined the Bluefield College family in 2013. His primary research interests are Applied Microeconomics, Applied Econometrics, Health Economics, and Labor Economics, with a teaching and research focus on the structural modeling, empirical analysis, and development of various health systems. He has also taught several management courses, including Business Policy and Strategy, Quantitative Methods, Human Resources, and Organizational Theory. In the big picture, his mission is to use research and teaching to help inspire and create policies for a better and healthier world. His recent academic activity involves the Conference of the CEA (Canadian Economics Association), ASHEcon (American Society for Health Care Engineering), SEA (Southern Economics Association), AEA (American Economic Association), and the International Economic Journal.