Bluefield University in the News


by | Jul 23, 2019

Josh Grubb, a 2007 business administration graduate who joined the Bluefield College staff in 2014, has accepted the position of Public Relations and Development Manager at Wytheville Community College in Wytheville, Virginia.

Josh Grubb, a 2007 business administration graduate who joined the Bluefield College staff in 2014, has accepted the position of Public Relations and Development Manager at Wytheville Community College in Wytheville, Virginia.

During his tenure at Bluefield College, Grubb first served as the registrar for the College and later took on the added responsibilities of coordinator of BC Central. During that time, he spearheaded the College’s efforts to convert its transcript sharing and receiving methods to an electronic process, while improving a number of other registrar procedures. In 2015, he became Bluefield College’s director of alumni relations and the annual fund. Through his leadership, annual giving increased by approximately 20 percent and alumni giving increased by 6.7 percent.  In July 2018, Grubb became the Director of Development and Alumni Affairs. In this role, he oversaw fundraising strategies for the Office of Institutional Advancement, worked with alumni relations, and cultivated relationships to support capital projects. In addition, Josh worked with students to establish S.T.A.T. (Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow). He is a true servant leader who exuded faith and professionalism every day.

“Leaving Bluefield College was a bittersweet decision to make. Bluefield College will always have a special place in my heart, and I am grateful for the experiences I had as a student and as a staff member. I can say that my time on staff was just as transformational as my time as a student. It was an honor and a privilege to work alongside the talented advancement team,” said Grubb.

While his tenure with Bluefield College has come to an end, Grubb plans to be actively involved with his alma mater in other ways. “I look forward to remaining active in my support of the Bluefield College Alumni Association. I am thankful that God led me to serve Bluefield College and that He has now opened at door for me at a college closer to my home and my family. I’m joining a wonderful team at Wytheville Community College and I’m grateful for the opportunity to continue my work in advancement,” said Grubb.

Grubb would like to acknowledge the people that helped him along the way with his career.

“Ruth Blankenship has been a wonderful mentor and friend, and she has supported me in every step of my path. I have connected with so many wonderful alumni and BC supporters over the past several years. Their passion for Bluefield College, its students, and its mission is truly remarkable. The Bluefield College advancement team is in great hands with Joshua Cline joining the all-star team that includes Nicole, Vanessa, Lindsey, and Hal,” said Grubb.

“I cannot express how proud I am of Josh. I have been blessed to see him grow from a student to an amazing individual and leader. Josh provided strategic leadership that generated significant growth with our annual and alumni giving while at Bluefield College,” said Ruth Blankenship, vice president of finance and administration.

Josh Grubb graduated magna cum laude from Bluefield College in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in business administration. He was a frequent member of the President’s and Dean’s List as a student. He recently received Bluefield College’s Distinguished Staff Award for his dedication and outstanding service to Bluefield College.

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