2016 Alumni Award Recipients
Distinguished Hall of Graduates Inductee
Reverend Jack Marcom ‘62
Rev. Marcom is a retired minister who served more than 40 years as a pastor and 30 years as a military chaplain. He now serves as a chaplain for the THEOS ministry at Fredericksburg (VA) Baptist Church and is a member of the Bluefield College Board of Trustees and the school’s campaign planning committee. The winner of BC’s Primitivo Delgado Christian Service Award in 2007, Rev. Marcom has shown guidance and governance for the college with originality and moral strength of character, and has spent countless hours working tirelessly to further the mission of Bluefield College.
Alumnus of the Year Inductee
Sheriff Brian Hieatt ‘99
Hieatt is the Sheriff of Tazewell County in Virginia. He holds many state-wide honors and was one of 45 members of a state-wide task force appointed by the governor of Virginia on School and Campus Safety. In addition, Hieatt has served as a school resource officer and an officer for Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE).
Distinguished Young Alumnus Award
Justin Hamm ‘01
Hamm is currently the president of Belt Tech, Inc. and HP Auto, LLC in Bluefield, West Virginia. He was featured in The State Journal’s 2016 class of “Generation Next: 40 Under 40,” a program designed to “highlight the incredible things professionals under age 40 are doing throughout the state of West Virginia.” Hamm is also dedicated to serving the community in which he lives. He is a member of various city and civic committees to help identify and find solutions for local problems. He also serves on Bluefield’s Planning Commission and is a director with the Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce.
Primitivo Delgado Christian Service Award
Rod Hale ‘60
Rev. Hale retired after serving 30 years with the Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV) in Richmond. Prior to his service with the BGAV, he was a minister of music and youth at Cosby Memorial Church in Richmond, pastor of College Hill Church in Lynchburg, and a deacon at Huguenot Road Church in Richmond. Rev. Hale received the Virginia Distinguished Christian Educator Award in 1996 and is listed in Outstanding Young Men in America and Who’s Who in Religion.
Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee
Fred Phillips ’88, Men's Basketball
Phillips played on four Bluefield College men’s basketball teams that played in the National Little College Athletic Association (NLCAA) National Tournament and compiled a 105-47 win-loss record from 1983 to 1987. He was also a member of the NLCAA All-American team in 1988, which allowed him to play competitively in Russia, Norway and Sweden. His love for sports and basketball has continued after BC as he has been the recreation director for the Town of Richlands, Virginia, head coach for girls’ basketball at Richlands High School, and now head coach for boys’ basketball at Richlands.