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David Hite

Assistant Professor of Business,
Department Chair, Business Administration


M.S. Human Resources, University of Tennessee
B.S. Workforce Training, University of Tennessee
A.S Computer Science, University of Tennessee


David Hite has a passion for facilitating and coaching groups that are looking for new strategies to improve. As a teacher, consultant, and business owner, he has helped organizations, such as Volkswagen Group of America, Southwest Virginia Workforce Investment Board, UVA-Wise, Eastman Chemical Co., Tennessee Valley Authority, and Univ of TN, among others, to enhance employee development in various business skill areas. He has helped design, develop, implement, and evaluate employee training programs for diverse types of employees as well as mentored small businesses when transitioning to online operations.

In 2016, David transitioned back to full-time teaching as an assistant business professor at Bluefield College. He's taught courses such as: Leadership & HR Management, International HR, eCommerce, Entrepreneurism, Consumer Behavior, and online courses in Marketing, Mgt. Information Systems. He has focused on developing a learning ecosystem that connects students with businesses to support community growth in rural Appalachian communities.

He received the Business Journal's 40-Under-40 Leadership Award and was keynote for their 2008 awards. He has studied business in over 40+ countries, including Greece, China, Cuba, and countries in Western Europe and is able to incorporate diverse viewpoints into most of the projects he works on. In 2018, he spoke to over 2000 students on entrepreneurship at seven universities across Brazil.

David has an A.S. in Computer Science, a B.S. degree in Workforce Training, and a M.S. degree from the University of Tennessee in HR. He is working on a doctorate at George Washington University where he is focusing on rural Appalachian entrepreneurship.

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