Institutional Advancement Staff

Office Location

Bluefield College Advancement & Alumni House
Located across College Avenue from the Chapel

Ruth Blankenship

Vice President for Finance, Administration and Advancement


Ruth is a graduate of Emory and Henry College with a B.S. and is a graduate of Virginia Tech with an M.A. in Accounting. Before coming to Bluefield College she worked for Brown Edwards and Company as an auditor. Ruth is married to John Blankenship, a Virginia Cooperative Extension Agent and they have a son, Matthew. The Blankenships live in the farming community of Thompson Valley and participate in running the family farm. Ruth is an active member of the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, a member of the Tazewell County Fair Board of Directors, a member of the Thompson Valley Fire and Rescue Auxiliary, Bluefield (Virginia) Rotary, a Tazewell County 4-H Volunteer and has represented Virginia 4-H regionally and nationally. Ruth is active in working to seek economic development for this region by serving on Bluefield, Virginia’s Economic Development Authority and is chairwoman for the Southwest Virginia Workforce Investment Board. Ruth and her family enjoy spending their spare time on South Holston Lake.

Chris Catron

Director of Development


Chris is a native to Bluefield, Virginia, and a graduate of Graham High School, where he played baseball, basketball, and was a member of the Big G Band. He attended Emory and Henry College and graduated with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. Prior to joining BC, he was a Financial Services Account Administrator at First Century Bank, Inc. in Bluefield, West Virginia. Chris is an active member of Ebenezer United Methodist Church, Past President and Board Member of the Sales Executives Club, and current President of the Bluefield (WV) Lion’s Club. He is also an active volunteer with the Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce, where he is a graduate of their Adult Leadership Program and has served as Chair and Co-Chair for the Lemonade Committee. Chris loves the New York Yankees and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, working out, golf, friends and family, and his nephew, Cam.

Joshua Grubb

Director of Alumni Relations and the Annual Fund


Josh is a graduate of Bluefield College (class of 2007) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management and minor in Communication. Josh joined the staff at his alma mater in 2014 after having served as Director of Finance at Everest College in Newport News, Virginia, for seven years. Josh is married to his college sweetheart, Laura, and they have three children; Gavin, Renly, and Eloise. The family enjoys time together fishing, swimming, and traveling to visit other close friends and family.

Hal Keene

Director of Planned Giving and Major Gifts

Vanessa Scruggs

Institutional Advancement Office Manager


Vanessa is a graduate of Radford University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.  Prior to her employment at Bluefield College, Vanessa has held various administrative positions with the Department of Public Safety and Primerica Insurance (both in Hawaii), United Way of the Virginias, Inc., and both an accounts payable and a cost accounting position with Pulaski Furniture.  Vanessa is married to Charles, who teaches Bible in the Schools in Mercer County.  They have three children; Bryan, Jonathan and Christi.  The Scruggs are active members of Crossroads Church, where Charles oversees the Royal Rangers (boys youth) and Vanessa oversees the nursery (birth to 5 years).  Vanessa and her family enjoy spending their spare time reading, making nutritious snacks and meals, and camping at Sherwood Lake.