President Olive Rescinds Resignation

By Chris Shoemaker | May 28, 2015 | RSS

President Olive Rescinds Resignation
Just two days after announcing his plans to step down as president of Bluefield College, Dr. David Olive has rescinded his resignation and decided to carry on the mission of the Virginia Baptist school.
President David Olive withdraws his resignation and announces his plans to remain at Bluefield College.
President David Olive on campus with a BC student.
President David Olive (left) with Chair of the Board David Bailey.
President David Olive during his inauguration in 2007.


“Prayer, contemplation and a persuasive Board chair” are what Dr. Olive attributed his change of heart to when he announced to the BC campus community, Thursday, May 28, that he would be staying on as president. Just 48 hours before, Dr. Olive had shared his intentions to leave BC to become the executive vice president at Charleston Southern University, a sister Baptist institution in South Carolina. That was before deliberations with Board chair Dr. David Bailey.


“With much prayer, contemplation, and the influence of a persuasive Board chair, I have rescinded my resignation and determined to further serve among the faithful at Bluefield College for a continued season,” said Dr. Olive. “There still are key initiatives the Board would like for me to carry out, and I am thankful for the confidence extended to me by the Board of Trustees.”


Dr. Olive spoke also of the grace and mercy extended to him by the Board in the process of his reconsideration. He asked for the same grace and mercy from the rest of the BC family as “we recommit to serving alongside one another in the days ahead.”


“My family and I have been touched by the many well wishes expressed by numerous friends, colleagues, alumni, and others across the Baptist landscape,” said Dr. Olive about the expressions shared by BC supporters in the wake of his resignation announcement, May 26. “As I have reflected on all that has been written and said, I am truly humbled by the kind accolades.”


With that said, Dr. Olive quickly attributed his success to the efforts of the faculty and staff he worked alongside.


“None of the things we accomplished these past eight years would have occurred without God’s guidance and blessings, along with the investment and work of so many,” said Dr. Olive. “May God’s grace and peace embody us and embolden us to persevere in living out the mission of Bluefield College.”


Dr. Olive has served as Bluefield College’s ninth president since 2007. During his eight-year tenure he has reinstated intercollegiate football after a 70-year hiatus, launched the school’s first-ever master’s degrees, developed a number of new baccalaureate programs, including the school’s first-ever health science curriculum in nursing, 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.


“Dr. Olive and the Board of Trustees at Bluefield College mutually came to the decision that his leadership will be essential in carrying out several strategic initiatives at (Bluefield),” said Dr. Jairy Hunter, president of Charleston Southern University, in a statement to his campus community. “We thank Dr. Olive for considering this position at CSU and wish him God’s speed.”


Under Dr. Olive’s leadership, Bluefield College has also celebrated its second highest student population in history, its most successful fundraising year ever, the creation of a New Opportunity School for Women, the development of seven academic articulation agreements, the development of three international academic exchange programs, and national recognition for its “superior general education core” from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni.


“We were not prepared for Dr. Olive to leave,” said Dr. Bailey, the BC Board chair, “and we are happy that he has been led to continue working with us at Bluefield College. Our Board of Trustees is delighted with this news.”



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