Margaret Burton

Administrative Assistant for Nursing and Advancement


Margaret is a graduate of Mountain Empire Community College with an AAS in Office Technology/Administrative Assistant and Virginia Intermont College with a BA in Organizational Management. Before coming to Bluefield College, she was employed at the University of Kentucky-College of Dentistry as Account Clerk III. Margaret has also worked as a Kentucky Worker’s Compensation Specialist with Acordia Employer Services in Lexington, Kentucky, and Administrative Assistant with Westmoreland Coal Company in Big Stone Gap, Virginia. Margaret is soon to be married and was an active member of First United Methodist Church in Lexington, Kentucky, but now attends Zion Hill Baptist Church in Bluefield, Virginia. In her spare time, Margaret enjoys cooking, traveling, and attending high school and college sporting events.  

Carolyn Lewis

Dean and Faculty of Nursing


AAS, Germanna Community College
BS, University of Virginia
MS, University of Virginia
PhD, George Mason University


Dr. Lewis has more than 30 years of nursing experience in healthcare service and management, association management, and education.  She is a skilled leader in organizational transformation, and has an extensive background in formal educational strategies and substantive knowledge of state and national policy planning. She was an associate professor of nursing at the University of Kentucky College of Nursing, where she taught graduate nursing courses. She also served as the executive director of UK’s Chandler Medical Center for Continuing Education.  She has served in other administrative academic positions as the Assistant Dean of the Nursing Division at Bluegrass Community and Technical College, and Chair of Nursing for Spalding University.

In addition, she was the recipient of a gubernatorial appointment to the Kentucky Apprenticeship and Training Commission, a Pioneer Nursing Award from the Virginia Nurses Association, as well as a Distinguished Alumna Award from George Mason University, and a Governor’s Commonwealth Fellow Award from the Virginia Council of Higher Education. During her academic nursing career, she has received $4,000,000 in grant funding.

Pamela Linkous

Assistant Dean and Assistant Professor, School of Nursing


ADN, Bluefield State College
BSN, West Virginia University
MS-Health Care Administration, Marshall University Graduate College
MSN, Marshall University Graduate College


Pam Linkous, MSN, MS, RN joined Bluefield College’s School of Nursing in the Fall of 2013 as Assistant Dean and Assistant Professor of the online RN-BSN program. She has nearly 30 years of professional experience that includes medical-surgical nursing, electronic documentation development, administrative leadership, director of quality, and the education of patients, families, nursing students, nursing/hospital staff, and physicians. Over the years, in an effort to promote positive patient outcomes, she has lead and been involved in numerous performance improvement projects. Mrs. Linkous is a member of nursing’s national honor society, Sigma Theta Tau International.

Trusting in God’s faithfulness — “For I know the plans I have for you—this is the Lord’s declaration—plans for your welfare, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope” Jeremiah 29:11 (HCSB).