Bluefield University in the News


by | Jun 23, 2015

A host of Bluefield College faculty and staff were involved in a variety of professional distinctions and transitions during the spring of 2015.

Jim Butski, head coach for volleyball, departed after two years with the school. Butski came to BC to coach the women’s volleyball team, but soon after helped launch and served as head of a men’s volleyball program.


Randy Fielder stepped down as head coach of the Lady Rams softball team after three seasons at the helm. He also served as an assistant coach for softball in 2006 and 2007. As head coach, he compiled 15 victories, matching the most wins in a three-year span for the developing program.


Charles “Buddy” Gallemore joined the BC family as the new head coach for men’s and women’s volleyball. A native of southwest Virginia, Gallemore came to BC from Midway (KY) College where he led the women’s volleyball program to its highest win total since 2011. At Midway, he also served as an assistant coach and a head coach for the women’s softball team. Prior to Midway, Gallemore was a secondary school physical education teacher, health instructor, softball coach, and volleyball coach from 1998 to 2013.


Jennifer Gilbert joined the BC family as a part-time administrative assistant and database manager for the Office of Institutional Advancement. Before BC, she worked in marketing and sales in the auto industry, but in her new role, she will help manage the college’s alumni and donor database and provide support to alumni relations and fundraising for the BC Fund for Scholarships.


Tim Hartin, director of sports information, bid farewell to BC after two years of service. During his tenure, Hartin led the design and launch of a new Athletics web site,, as well as the communication efforts for BC’s hosting of the National Christian College Athletic Association’s Softball World Series, 2012-2015. He also spearheaded marketing for the new Rams football team, among other accomplishments. He will be moving to New York to serve as the communications and editorial associate for the Metropolitan Golf Association.


Morgan Jefferson, an admissions counselor, departed Bluefield after two years of recruiting traditional students. A 2013 graduate of Bluefield College, Jefferson was the school’s founder of the Black Student Alliance, and in addition to recruiting students, she was an active supporter of Rams Athletics.


Sherelle Morgan joined the BC staff as the new director for online admissions. She came to Bluefield after spending 18 years with Ferguson Enterprises as a corporate recruiter, manager of experienced hiring, diversity program manager, and career development specialist. Morgan is also a certified 360-degree feedback coach and diversity and inclusion trainer.


Shelley Newton joined the BC family as the new head coach for women’s softball. A native of Chesapeake, Virginia, Newton served as an assistant coach for softball for seven years, including one season at Alderson-Broaddus College and six years at the University of Virginia at Wise. She was also a standout player for UVA-Wise.


Casey Palmer departed Bluefield College after nearly two years as director of BC’s New Opportunity School for Women (NOSW). Before Bluefield, Palmer worked a year as a producer for WDBJ-TV. A 2012 BC graduate, she volunteered as a student at the Abel Crisis Pregnancy Center and the Blue Ridge Women’s Center, which helped develop her passion for serving women, which she did for nearly two years as director of the NOSW.


Debbie Price, an administrative assistant for academic affairs, was promoted to BC student advocate. She joined the college staff in the fall of 2013 as a part time financial aid advocate.
Rachel Price joined the BC family as an administrative assistant for the School of Nursing. A 2011 Bluefield College biology graduate, Price taught biology labs at BC for a year before moving to a position at a local doctor’s office. She enjoys gardening and volunteering at her church.


Brianna Stephens joined the college as an online admissions counselor for Greater Richmond, Virginia. Stephens came to BC from Bowling Green State University in Ohio where she worked in student development and academic advising.


Cary Wright was promoted from BC student advocate to financial aid counselor. A 2013 Bluefield College graduate who joined the BC staff in the fall of 2014, Wright’s experience also includes work as a customer service representative for First Century Bank.

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