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Trustees Approve Advisory Council

Members of the Bluefield College Board of Trustees gathered on campus, April 4-5, and during the two-day spring session the Board created a new advisory council, discussed shared governance, elected new officers, and approved faculty promotions.

Chris Shoemaker

May 5, 2014

Retiring Bluefield College trustee Ron Hypes (left) is recognized for his five years of service to the BC Board.


The Board approved the creation of a Bluefield College Advisory Council for the purpose of assisting the school’s Advancement Office with private and public fundraising efforts and identifying new approaches for the college to increase financial capability.


The Advisory Council will be comprised of volunteers who promote the mission of the college to a broader community of financial supporters and inform BC fundraisers about opportunities for gifts from individuals, foundations, and other potential donors.


“This Advisory Council will consist of a group of select men and women who are enthusiastic about the Bluefield mission and who have great influence within their community,” said BC president Dr. David Olive. “The group will be charged with partnering with the Board to help expand the awareness and visibility of the important work God is doing at Bluefield College and in the lives of our students.”


During the spring session, the trustees also authorized the formation of a 14-member ad hoc Task Force on Shared Governance to study the future of shared governance among boards, faculty, staff, and students and how reform might be implemented to more adequately deal with institutional challenges.


“For more than three decades, American higher education has faced dramatic and unprecedented challenges and changes,” said trustee Dr. Charles Warren. “While Bluefield College has responded creatively and energetically to the rapidly changing circumstances, it is prudent that we continue to be proactive and positively study and review the fiduciary responsibility of our Board, in the context of past practices and the involvement in governance by various stakeholders.”


The Shared Governance Task Force -- to be comprised of six trustees, the president, the vice president for academic affairs, four faculty members, two staff members and two students -- will evaluate and consider changes to the policies and procedures that govern Bluefield College in an effort to facilitate future growth and success of the school.


The Board also elected new members, appointed new officers, and approved faculty promotions. Trustees Tom Brewster and Sid Lanier were re-elected to new four-year terms. Alumni Josh Cornett and Craig Stout were approved as new trustees. Cornett, a 2003 BC alumnus is a math teacher in Bedford, Virginia. Stout, a former associate pastor and youth minister, is a sales associate and civic leader in Princeton, West Virginia.


Dr. David Bailey, a 1960 BC graduate and former BC professor turned publisher and government relations specialist, was re-elected to serve as chair of the Board. Dr. Brewster, a 1991 BC graduate and longtime educator, was named vice chair, and Dr. Chris Lawson, a 2001 BC graduate and executive pastor, was named secretary.


In addition, outgoing trustee Ron Hypes, a 1982 BC graduate, turned banker and accountant from Bluefield, West Virginia, was recognized for his five years of service to the Board.


Professors Kim Farmer, Mark Gettle, Kelly Walls, and Maria Zalduondo received promotions from the trustees. Dr.Farmer was promoted from associate professor to full professor of criminal justice. Dr. Gettle was promoted from instructor to assistant professor of management and leadership and psychology. Dr. Walls was promoted from assistant professor to associate professor of criminal justice, and Dr. Zalduondo was promoted from assistant professor to associate professor of modern languages.


In other business, the Board approved a preliminary budget for 2014-2105, which included a six percent increase in operating funds for nearly all departments, alongwith a moderate pay increase for employees.


“We are blessed to have trustees who care deeply about this college and its mission,” said Dr. Olive about the service of the Board, “and we should be encouraged by their support of our efforts to model Christ in our labors and to transform the lives of students.”





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