Home > Directory > Directory Profile

Directory Profile

Dr. Thomas Brewster

Associate Professor of Education / Dean of the School of Education


Ed.D. Educational Leadership and Policy, Virginia Tech University
M.S. Educational Leadership, Radford University
B.A. Social Studies Education, Bluefield College, '91


Dr. Thomas Brewster comes to Bluefield College with 25 years of experience in the field of education. Dr. Brewster’s career in public education includes serving as a high school social studies teacher, assistant principal, high school principal, university professor, assessment director, student service coordinator, deputy superintendent, and superintendent of schools.

Dr. Brewster served as the Superintendent of Pulaski County Public Schools from August 2012 -June 2016. During Dr. Brewster’s tenure, Pulaski County Public Schools became one of the most progressive school divisions in the state, creating the New River Valley’s first Governor’s STEM Academy, designing a comprehensive K12 student support system, securing high-powered broadband access throughout the district, and increasing the number of advanced placement, dual enrollment, and workforce training opportunities for all students. His school system was also recognized for the first time as having designated Distinguished Title I and Blue Ribbon schools, and Pulaski County Public Schools was recently honored as Virginia Tiered Systems of Supports (VTSS) “Trailblazer” school division for their innovation and commitment to the success of all their students.

Brewster was honored in 2013 with the Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce’s Business Executive of the Year award, and in the same year received the Bluefield College Alumni of the Year award. Brewster was recently inducted to the Pulaski County Career and Technical Center’s Wall of Honor and the Tazewell High School Hall of Fame.

In 2006, Governor Tim Kaine appointed Dr.Brewster to a term on the Virginia State Board of Education. In 2013, Governor Terry McAuliffe appointed him to the Virginia State Community College Board where he's chaired the Academic, Workforce, and Student Services and Facilities Committees. He recently served as Chair of the Bluefield College Board of Trustees. Brewster also works as the Director of External Affairs for Communities in Schools of Virginia, a dropout prevention organization.

Early College students,

Congratulations! You have elected to enroll in an online, college-level course. Each course is different in its requirements involving theory, application, depth of reflection, and research. Occasionally, the title of a course has been chosen to broadly describe the course content. As an Early College student, you may need to communicate with the instructor to discuss your ability to meet the course’s requirements within the first two days of the course, within the drop/add period. This allows you time to select another option if you believe the course requirements are beyond your current level of learning.

Your grades will be final and appear on your Bluefield College transcript, so it is important that you do your best.

If you have a learning disability, it is important that you communicate that with our Associate Director of Academic Support, Mr. Wayne Pelts, prior to your classes starting. Mr. Pelts will need documentation in order to offer any accommodations. You may reach Mr. Pelts at wpelts@bluefield.edu.

An advisor will contact you prior to each enrollment period to discuss course options and will assist you in enrolling in your online classes. Remember we are here to support you and help you be successful.