President's Office Staff

David Olive

College President


David accepted the call to become the ninth president of Bluefield College in July 2007. He is a native of Maryville, Tennessee, and the son of a retired Baptist minister. David received his Bachelor of Science degree in business management at Tennessee Technological University, his Doctor of Jurisprudence from The University of Tennessee College of Law, and his Master of Divinity at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Kathryn and David have been married 24 years and are proud parents of Kayla, a junior in college, and Will, a sophomore in high school. He chairs the Council of Independent Colleges of Virginia, is chair and president of the International Association of Baptist Colleges & Universities, is on the executive committees for the Virginia College Fund, and the Appalachian College Association, and is on the board of directors for the Mid-South Conference and the Appalachian Athletic Conference. David is also a member of the Rotary Club of Bluefield, West Virginia, and participates as a member of the Jenzabar President’s Advisory Council.

Diane Shott

Assistant to the President


Diane came to Bluefield College on September 22, 1999 as the Office Manager in the Office of Institutional Advancement. In April of 2000, she began her current position as the President’s assistant. Diane graduated from South Charleston (WV) High School and holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Home Economics Education from Marshall University. She was a secondary school teacher prior to the birth of her children. Diane is married to James “Smokey” Shott and they have two children: Ryan and Katherine. Ryan is in the U.S. Air Force, stationed in Florida. Katherine resides in Mooresville, North Carolina. Diane also has two step-daughters and six step-grandchildren. She is an active member of First United Methodist Church in Bluefield, Virginia, where she sings in the choir, plays hand bells, and serves on various committees.