Fall '17 Employee Transitions, Distinctions

By Chris Shoemaker | January 19, 2018 | RSS

Fall '17 Employee Transitions, Distinctions
A host of Bluefield College faculty and staff were involved in a variety of professional distinctions and transitions during the fall of 2017.

A host of Bluefield College faculty and staff were involved in a variety of professional distinctions and transitions during the fall of 2017.

Bailey Angle joined the BC staff as assistant sports information director. Angle earned his bachelor’s degree in multimedia journalism from Virginia Tech in May 2017, where he was a broadcast intern with Virginia Tech IMG Sports Marketing. He has also worked in minor league baseball sports information and broadcasting for the Bluefield Blue Jays and the Erie SeaWolves.

Drew Bailey, assistant coach for baseball, departed BC after three years of serving as a pitching coach and recruiting coordinator for the Rams. Bailey, who will become the head coach for baseball at Averett University, was a pitcher for Concord University and later the Vermont Lake Monsters, a rookie-league affiliate of the Oakland Athletics, before beginning his coaching career at Christiansburg High School.

Longtime employee Ranae Bailey, an administrative assistant for student services, bid farewell to Bluefield College after 24 years on staff. Bailey worked in a variety of capacities in Student Services. She also spent time in BC’s Department of Athletics. “Not many reach this milestone of service to one organization during their lifetime,” said President David Olive. “We are blessed that Ranae chose to faithfully serve Bluefield College all these many years.”

Josh Beckett joined the Bluefield College staff as an information services and technology (IST) support specialist. Set to graduate from BC in the spring of 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in business with a concentration in information technology, Beckett has served as a student worker and volunteer for IST. Certified in Microsoft Office, he’s also been an active member of the Fellowship of Christian Students and volunteer for a local animal shelter.

Dr. Jason Brewer joined the Bluefield College family as associate vice president for student development. Dr. Brewer holds nearly 20 years of higher education experience at several universities in a variety of capacities, including director of first year experience and learning communities at the University of Cincinnati, assistant dean at the University of Houston, director of first year enrichment programs at Wilberforce University in Ohio, and professor at Vista College in Texas. He is also a frequent presenter on topics of retention, college readiness, cultural diversity, change management, and sensitivity training. A graduate of Murray State and Tennessee State universities, Dr. Brewer has also served the church as a youth leader, mentor, usher, and choir member.

Dr. Thomas Brewster, was promoted to dean of the School of Education. A 1991 BC graduate, he joined the faculty in the fall of 2016 as an associate professor of education after more than 25 years of experience in higher and secondary education as superintendent of Pulaski County Public Schools, teacher at Graham High School, assistant principal at Tazewell High School, principal at Pocahontas High School, assistant professor and director of institutional assessment at Concord University, adjunct instructor at Virginia Tech, Radford University and Bluefield College, and student services coordinator and deputy superintendent for Pulaski County Schools. This fall, Dr. Brewster also was invited by Virginia governor-elect Ralph Northam to serve as a member of a Policy Council on Pre-K-12 to provide thoughtful insights and perspectives on significant issues in secondary education.

Shellie Brown joined the faculty as an assistant professor of education after teaching eight years with Tazewell County Public Schools and serving as a Title I teacher specializing in reading and math instruction for special education students. Brown earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Bluefield College.

Hayden Chandley became an assistant coach for Rams football after serving two years as an assistant at the University of Virginia at Wise, where he also played collegiate football. Chandley has also been a member of the United States Air Force National Guard since 2015, affiliated with the 134th McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base in Knoxville, Tennessee, and having completed his basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, and technical training at Shepherd Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas.

Elizabeth Decker, traditional admissions counselor, departed BC after nearly three years of service to pursue a career in teaching. A 2015 graduate of Bluefield College, Decker was part of an Admissions team that set school records in enrollment. She personally recruited and welcomed more than 110 new students to Bluefield College. She also co-led efforts to reach international students through the Inspiro Exito program and assisted in the planning and execution of numerous admissions events.

Jordan Dillon
Jordan Dillon

Jordan Dillon joined the BC staff as an administrative assistant for admissions and finance and was shortly thereafter promoted to campus visit and enrollment coordinator. A graduate of Bluefield State College, her professional experience also includes work in a rural health office and an orthopedic office before BC.

Dr. Richard Farmer joined the faculty as an assistant professor of psychology after serving as an adjunct instructor at Marion Technical College, West Virginia University and Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. Dr. Farmer holds a doctorate and a master’s degree in pastoral care from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and a master’s in counseling psychology from West Virginia University. His professional experience also includes a term as a pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Ohio.

Dr. Marshall Flowers, vice president for academic affairs and athletics, was appointed to serve on the Chief Academic Officers Commission of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU). Dr. Flowers also served BC as interim president during a summer 2017 sabbatical for President David Olive. He joined the BC family in 2015 and holds nearly 40 years of experience in Christian higher education administration.

Bryan Frazier
Bryan Frazier

Bryan Frazier, database manager for enrollment management and director of institutional research, was named dean of registration services. Frazier joined the BC staff in 2006 as manager of the Office Enrollment Management. In 2013, he took on the added duties of director of institutional research, fulfilling the school’s various reporting requirements for institutional effectiveness.

Patricia Jacobs bid farewell to Bluefield College after a year of service as director of the New Opportunity School for Women and community service during which time she positively influenced the lives of disadvantaged women from Appalachia seeking hope through the NOSW. Before Bluefield, Jacobs served as a counselor at Greater Appalachian Outreach in Bluefield, West Virginia.

Jack Jennings joined the BC staff as a traditional admissions counselor. A 2015 graduate of Virginia Tech, he comes to Bluefield after working with teens at a Christian halfway house in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He is also a former Young Life leader.

Matthew Hamilton joined the BC staff as director of traditional admissions after serving as an admissions counselor at Concord University where he played soccer and earned his bachelor’s degree.

Roderick Howard became an assistant coach for football after coaching and working in special education at Carver High School and coaching and working in discipline at Melrose High School, both in Memphis, Tennessee. Howard played collegiate football at Lambuth University, Harding University and the University of Memphis.

Thomas Huddleston became an assistant coach for baseball after serving as a pitching coach at West Virginia University Institute of Technology. A former BC baseball player, Huddleston also plays for the Roswell Invaders (NM) of the Pecos League, where he made the All-Star game as a rookie.

Nicole Kaklis joined the BC staff as an institutional advancement assistant after working as the director of public relations at Bethel University, director of marketing and development at The Dixie Carter Performing Arts Center, and an online adjunct instructor at Bethel University’s College of Professional Studies. Kaklis is also an independent stylist for Stella & Dot. She holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing and a master’s degree in business administration from Saint Francis University.

Amber Kinzer joined the BC Central staff as a financial aid advisor for online students. She is a 2006 graduate of Bluefield State College where she earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in management and marketing. She and her husband, Steven, have two boys, Blake and Cameron.

Eric Lester, an Information Systems and Technology (IST) support and systems analyst, transitioned to IST administrative and academic systems analyst. In this new role, he will provide end-user support for the college’s database and be responsible for all classroom technology, software, faculty pedagogical support, and classroom training. Lester joined the BC staff in 2015 after providing technical support for WeCan, a foster care program in Princeton, West Virginia.

Werner Lind, assistant director of library services, published a review of the book Crossing Limbo by Shane Joseph in the May 2017 issue of The Sri Lankan Anchorman, an English-language monthly newspaper that caters to the Sri Lankan diaspora. A 25-year veteran staff member of Bluefield College, Lind has published several reviews and articles, four short stories, and a novel, titled Lifeblood. He is also an active member of the Association of Christian Librarians.

Abbey LeRoy, a traditional admissions counselor, bid farewell to BC to care for her newly adopted son, Deni, from Sofia, Bulgaria. During her tenure with BC, she exceeded territory recruitment goals and helped the Admissions Office recruit two record-breaking classes. She also planned and executed nearly 20 admissions events. Before Bluefield, Le Roy worked in the marketing department of a private Christian school and served as an administrative assistant at a faith-based non-profit organization.

Alisha Abbey Maloyed came on staff as an enrollment technology and automation specialist in order to manage enrollment data and reports. A 2016 graduate of Bluefield College, Maloyed was a student worker for Admissions while attending BC. She is currently pursuing a graduate degree in human services and counseling.

Chelsie Meadows joined the staff as a BC Central advocate after working as a clerk for First Century Bank. A native of Tazewell, Virginia, she holds a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in early childhood education and special education from Radford University.

Alexandria Miller joined the BC staff as an office manager for Student Life. A graduate of Kentucky Christian University, she came to Bluefield from Martinsville, Indiana, where she served as a customer service representative for Home Bank in Indiana. Raised within a university setting, she is thankful to be back on a college campus in an opportunity to serve and minister to students.

Joshua Miller joined the college as head coach for women’s soccer after serving the past two seasons in the same position at his alma mater, Cincinnati Christian University. His experience also includes five years at Kentucky Christian University as a head coach for women’s soccer and an assistant coach for men’s soccer. Miller has also served as the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Division II chair for women’s soccer.

Landry Mullins joined the BC family as director of residence life after working two years as a residence life coordinator and later an academic advisor at Richard Bland College of William & Mary. Mullins is a graduate of The University of Virginia’s College at Wise where he also served as a resident advisor.

Dr. Patricia Neely joined the BC staff as dean of online and distance education. A former graduate level instructor at Grand Canyon and Ashford universities, Dr. Neely has served as an associate dean at Kaplan University and a program manager at Western Governors University. She has assisted a number of colleges with the development of online, competency-based programs, and has conducted training sessions for faculty and staff on competency-based education. Dr. Neely holds a doctorate degree in higher education from the University of Virginia, a master’s degree from Averett University and a bachelor’s degree from Radford University. She has published several articles on online education and is returning to Bluefield after serving as the BC registrar in the 1990s.

Dee Odom, a division manager for the Department of Athletics, bid farewell to BC after two years of service. Before joining the administrative staff, Odom was an assistant coach for Lady Rams basketball. She’s also served as an administrative assistant for women’s basketball at East Tennessee State University.

President David Olive was elected chair of the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC). As such, he will represent the AAC on the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Council of Presidents. Dr. Olive has served as Bluefield College’s ninth president since 2007. During his 10-year tenure he has reinstated intercollegiate football, launched four new master’s degrees, developed a number of new baccalaureate programs, created six online degree programs, built the school’s first new residence hall in 30 years, constructed an on-campus student apartment complex, built a new Center for Service, Mission and Ministry, formed a new Academic Center for Excellence, and completed other major renovations to key buildings on campus.

Wayne Pelts was named assistant director of the Academic Center for Excellence. He joined the ACE staff in 2016 after serving 37 years as a high school teacher at Oakvale High School (15 years), PikeView High School (five years), and Bluefield High School (17 years). He earned his bachelor’s degree in education from Bluefield State College and a master’s degree in education from the Reformed Theological Seminary. Pelts is also an active member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, where he serves as an elder, and a strong supporter of Mercer County’s Bible in the Schools program, where he serves as chair of the Board of Directors.

Scott Polhamus was promoted from admissions counselor to associate director of traditional admissions. A 2011 BC graduate, he joined the Admissions staff in 2016 and has since has had great success as a counselor with record enrollments coming from his territory management. He will retain his territory duties while taking on new areas of oversight in the traditional admissions operation.

Tim Robinette, a database analyst, took on the added duties of integrations specialist. In addition to managing the college’s database products, upgrades and server maintenance, he will oversee BC’s third party technology integrations. In addition to database analyst, Robinette has served BC as a computer technician and fine arts technology coordinator.

Garrett Schilling
Garrett Schilling

Garrett Schilling joined the Athletics Department as an assistant coach for baseball after serving in a similar role part time. A former All-Conference player for the Rams, Schilling will now be a hitting coach and the head coach for the junior varsity baseball team. A 2016 exercise science and teacher education graduate of Bluefield College, Schilling played two seasons at San Diego Mesa College in California before becoming a catcher and team-leading hitter for BC.

Evan Sherman, director of traditional admissions, departed Bluefield College. A 2011 BC graduate, he joined the staff in 2014 as a traditional admissions counselor. A year later he was promoted to director of traditional admissions and played a key role in 2016 in the enrollment of the college’s highest number of new traditional students in school history.

David Taylor, dean of students, bid farewell to Bluefield College after 14 years of service. During his tenure, Taylor spearheaded the renovation of the first president’s house on campus into a missionary-in-residence home; designed and launched the new Dan MacMillan Center for Service and Missions; and led numerous student groups on mission trips abroad. He also managed the school’s annual Duremdes Christian Emphasis Week, which saw hundreds of students make professions of faith during his 14-year tenure. In addition to dean of students, Taylor served as a campus minister and vice president for student development.

Dr. Jeff Teo came to BC as a professor of cybersecurity after teaching at Montreat College, Northcentral Technical College, Herzing College and Western New England College. With a doctorate in computer technology in education, a master’s degree in engineering management, and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, Dr. Teo has accumulated extensive experience in higher education and is a recipient of grants awarded by leading information technology companies and government agencies, like Palo Alto Networks, Cisco, and the National Science Foundation.

Michael White joined the BC family as vice president for enrollment management and student development. His previous experiences includes serving as executive director of non-traditional enrollment at Southeastern University in Florida and vice president for enrollment and university relations, liaison to the president, and adjunct instructor at North Central University in Minnesota. Currently pursuing a Ph.D. in organizational leadership, White earned a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Regent University and two bachelor’s degrees in pastoral studies and church planting from North Central.

Wardell Wilborn joined the BC family as a campus safety officer. A native of Princeton, West Virginia, Wilborn is a retired deputy of the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office and a former corrections officer, having served the citizens of Mercer County for 29 years. He has also been an active volunteer in the community, coaching and officiating recreational league football and baseball.

Kelsey Wimmer, a network analyst for Information Systems and Technology (IST), transitioned to IST systems administrator. Kelsey will now focus on server room technologies and be responsible for server hardware and applications, storage solutions, virtualized solutions, and provisioning services. He joined the BC staff in 2010 after working as a technology support specialist for Tazewell (VA) County Public Schools.

Cary Wright
Cary Wright

Eric Wohlford, manager of network services, took on the added duties of manager of information securities. His duties will become more specialized in the voice over internet protocol area and information security practices, regulations and compliance measures. A 2002 BC graduate who holds a master’s degree in business administration with a specialization in project management, Wohlford joined the BC Information and Systems Techology staff in 2004.

Cary Wright, a financial aid counselor, was promoted to director of financial aid. A 2013 graduate of Bluefield College, Wright joined the staff in 2014 as a student advocate in BC Central after working as a customer service representative for First Century Bank. Soon after, she was promoted to financial aid counselor and this year became the interim director of financial aid before being given the post on a permanent basis.

Catherine Young joined the BC staff as a traditional admissions counselor. A 2016 graduate of Piedmont College in Georgia, Young has worked with students of all ages at Stagedoor Manor Camp in New York and in the Disney College Program in Florida, but enjoys working with high school juniors and seniors, particularly in helping them find a college they love and will call home.

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