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Bluefield University Celebrates President David Olive’s Tenure

Doctor David Olive delivers his inaugural address.


Dr. David Olive begins his tenure as the ninth president of Bluefield College.

East River Hall


Bluefield University completes construction on East River Hall, its first new residence hall in nearly 30 years.

Three students hold diploma covers.


Bluefield announces its first health science program and develops its first online programs.

Bluefield College leadership announces the return of football.


The institution revives Rams football after a more than 70-year hiatus.

Students engage in discussion.


Bluefield University develops its first master’s degree program and signs an articulation agreement with the Appalachian School of Law.

Bluefield College leadership and alumni cut the ribbon for Bluestone Commons.


Bluefield opens Bluestone Commons, an apartment complex featuring contemporary independant student housing.

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The institution celebrates the largest traditional incoming class in school history

The third floor of the Science Center is constructed.


Bluefield University begins construction on a $2.7 million addition to the Science Center and establishes the Caudill School of Business

A student sits with a counselor.


Bluefield opened the Center for Counseling and Wellness.

A student sits with a counselor.


The institution merges with the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) and launches the Rams Connect initiative.

Dr. David Olive speaks at the President's Convocation.


Bluefield College changes its name to Bluefield University, commemorates its 100th anniversary, and launches the public phase of the $18 million Go Further Centennial Campaign.

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Dr. David Olive announces his transition toward retirement in June 2024.

Dr. Olive Leaves His Mark…

The way Dr. Olive has treated me and my family is absolutely wonderful. His kindness and policies have directly changed the course of my life. Dr. Olive is the definition of a biblical servant leader.

Cameron Justis

(Class of '26)

Both in my time as a student and now as a staff member at Bluefield University, President Olive has been extremely personable and approachable. His commitment to student ministries and the University’s Christ-centered mission were foundational to the spiritual formation I experienced, the relationships I formed, and the education I received in my undergraduate program. In my time as an employee, Dr. Olive has been extremely encouraging, and I feel that he recognizes the value of each member of our team.

Daniel Mullins

(Class of '22)

Dr. Olive has a servant’s heart. He is willing to go out of his way to make sure that BU student’s needs are met. He is also humble, generous, and kind-hearted. God blessed the Bluefield University campus with Dr. Olive, and I will forever be grateful.

Arisa Namwong

(Class of '24)

Dr. Olive and I started in the same year (’07) and he is the only president I have known. It has been a blessing to work with him and he will certainly be missed.

Joe Saunders

Professor of Chemistry

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