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Josh Cline

Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Education

B.S. Business Administration, Bluefield College, '09

Bio

Joshua Cline is a lifelong resident of Southwest Virginia and Southern West Virginia. A graduate of Bluefield College in 2009, he was a member of Phi Beta Lambda and served as chapter president and president of the Virginia state chapter during his senior year. He was a member of the Omega Mu Kappa fraternity, was a phone-a-thon caller, a member of the 2008 Spring Break Mission Trip to South Africa, a member of Bluefield Singers, and was a student representative for the 2009-2014 strategic plan.  He has formerly served the College as an Advancement Officer and Director of Alumni Relations and the Annual Fund.  He left the College in 2013 to serve as the Director of Economic Redevelopment for the City of Bluefield, West Virginia, and later as its Assistant City Manager.  From there, he went to work as the President/CEO of the Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce and Interim President/CEO of the Princeton-Mercer County Chamber of Commerce.  He shepherded the merger of the two organizations into a larger regional chamber, The Chamber of Commerce of the Two Virginias.  He returned to his alma mater to serve as the Vice President for Institutional Advancement in August 2019.  Cline resides in Bluefield, West Virginia with his wife, Peyton, and two sons.

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