BLUEFIELD, W.VA – Bluefield State College has been approved for university status. The college is the last four-year public college in West Virginia to earn the title, joining its fellow HBCU, West Virginia State University in Institute. Bluefield State has completed all of the requirements to become a university.
The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission’s board, which oversees the four-year school, voted unanimously to approve the BSC’s request on Thursday. The next step is for the BSC Board of Governors to meet to approve the change, which will take place sometime next week.
In December, the commission allowed Bluefield State to start offering master’s in business administration or MBA degrees, BSC’s first graduate degree program in the college’s history.
Colleges must meet several criteria to reach university status, and that includes offering at least one master’s-level degree program; having an approved mission statement that provides for the offering of graduate programs; obtaining the approval of the Higher Learning Commission to offer any master’s degree program; and, having at least two-thirds of its faculty holding a terminal degree.
According to the Bluefield Daily Telegraph, becoming a university was one of the goals of Capehart when he took over the reins in January 2019, as well as bringing back on-campus housing, with both goals accomplished and more housing coming.
Capehart said the university status means an “opportunity to step up our game” and become more of a regional school and a competitive school.
About Bluefield State College Bluefield State College, a historically black institution, is to prepare students for diverse professions, informed citizenship, community involvement, and public service in an ever-changing global society by providing an affordable, accessible opportunity for public higher education through certificate, associate, bachelor, and master degree programs. For more information, visit www.bluefieldstate.edu.
(BLUEFIELD, Va.) – The Board of Directors of Princeton Community Hospital and the Board of Governors of Bluefield State College have agreed that Bluefield State will acquire ownership of the Bluefield Medical Center to expand its Health Science programs, while Princeton Community Hospital maintains its Emergency Division and related medical services at the facility.
“This is a new day for the people of Bluefield as well as the college,” said Rev. Garry Moore, Bluefield State College Board of Governors Chairman. “This underscores our commitment to the educational and economic well-being of Bluefield, Mercer County and the Two Virginians region.”
This agreement follows from a Memorandum of Understanding announced by the college and the hospital on September 1, 2020.
Princeton Community Hospital Board of Directors President James “Rusty” Sarver said, “The decision by both board represents a timely convergence of interests and needs. We are delighted that Bluefield State College appreciates the campus for the asset it is.”
Bluefield State President Robin Capehart said, “Acquiring this facility permits Bluefield State to expand its campus, course offerings and student housing.” The new campus is located just one mile from BCS’s main campus.
Capehart added that the college would begin its due diligence immediately with the intention of closing on the purchase as soon as possible.
PCH Interim CEO Frank Sinicrope said, “The national shortage of nurses is acutely felt locally. BSC’s acquisition of the former BRMC will enable them to train many more students to help fill the demand for highly skilled, well-paid health care professionals at Princeton Community Hospital. We are excited by the educational and economic benefits this partnership will bring to our area.”
The college intends to lease back portions of the building for Princeton Community Hospital to maintain its Emergency Department and related services.
The sale includes nearly 68 acres and all the existing buildings.
About Bluefield State College Bluefield State College mission is to provide students an affordable, accessible opportunity for public higher education. An historically black institution, Bluefield State College prepares students for diverse professions, graduate study, informed citizenship, community involvement, and public service in an ever-changing global society. The College demonstrates its commitment to the student’s intellectual, personal, ethical, and cultural development by providing a dedicated faculty and staff, quality educational programs, and strong student support services in a nurturing environment. For more information, visit www.bluefieldstate.edu.
BLUEFIELD, W.VA (August 16, 2020) – Bluefield State College announced the addition of 12 new sports to its athletics department for the 2021-2022 school year. These will join the ten existing sports to become a robust program for more than 400 student-athletes.
Leading the way is the return of Division II football, for the first time since 1980.
“Fielding a football team after such a long absence is a huge step forward. To do this now is our way of saying there is life after COVID for this College and our community,” said Robin Capehart, Bluefield State’s President. “Expanding our athletics program is integral to the goals we set shortly after coming to Bluefield State.”
Interim Director of Athletics Derrick Price added, “We’re hiring for these new sports now. I’m prioritizing coaches with proven abilities to recruit. We will target good student athletes with the goal of being competitive immediately.”
In addition to football, Bluefield State will compete in the following new sports:
Women’s acrobatics and tumbling
Women’s indoor track and field
Women’s outdoor track and field
Men’s indoor track and field
Men’s outdoor track and field
Bluefield State currently competes in Men’s baseball, basketball, cross country, golf and tennis. Also, Women’s softball, basketball, cross country, volleyball and tennis.
“Our first priority remains attracting more students. As an HBCU, we have an obligation to recruiting more African American students. We have done that. We changed the name of our Library to honor an African American alumnus who went on to a highly distinguished career in the State Department.”
“Adding these sports will increase opportunities for more students and add a vibrancy that we’ve lacked for too long. It also strengthens our relationships in the community as we partner on the use of various facilities.”
Interim Director Price added, “Making this commitment to these young people also means making a commitment to doing all the things that go with a full-bore athletics programs, new and improved facilities, upgraded training, residences and meals. It also means working with the Provost and Dean so that our athletes have a tremendous academic experiences as well.”
“Bluefield State has a proud sports tradition, including two national football championships. I fell blessed to be here now and help write a new chapter to our story.”
Full and partial scholarships will be offered to new athletes.
About Bluefield State College Bluefield State College provide students an affordable, accessible opportunity for public higher education. An historically black institution, Bluefield State College prepares students for diverse profession, graduate study, informed citizenship, community involvement, and public service in an ever-changing global society. The College demonstrates its commitment to the student’s intellectual, personal, ethical, and cultural development by providing a dedicated faculty and staff, quality educational programs, and strong student support services in a nurturing environment. For more information, visit www.bluefieldstate.edu.
Every Friday, the HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) will spotlight a Chancellor or President who currently serves a Historically Black College or University. This initiative recognizes and introduces those individuals who serve our nation HBCUs on a daily basis, changing and educating lives while producing the upcoming visionary leaders of tomorrow.
This week’s Chancellor or President: Dr. Anthony L. Jenkins, Ph.D., West Virginia State University
Anthony L. Jenkins, Ph.D., West Virginia State University’s 11th President effective July 1, 2016, is an established higher education leader committed to advocating for students and creating opportunity to higher education for all students, especially culturally under-represented groups.
Born in Washington, D.C., and raised between our nation’s capital and North Carolina, Jenkins is a vocal proponent for education and public policy issues. He has fostered meaningful dialogue within the national higher education community. His research, speeches and publications focus on crisis management, enrollment and retention, diversity, African-American male initiatives, first-generation college student success, state funding for higher education, mentoring and high-risk college campus behavior such as alcohol consumption and sexual misconduct. Throughout his career, he has enhanced the quality of the university experience for students, developed and successfully implemented comprehensive retention and enrollment plans leading to greater access, opportunity and higher graduation rates; thereby enabling more individuals to improve their quality of life by earning a college education.
Jenkins began his path to West Virginia State University as a United States Army veterans and first-generation college graduate. Jenkins earned a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Virginia Tech University, a Master of Science degree from North Carolina Central University, and a Bachelor’s of Applied Science degree from Fayetteville State University.
Prior to leading the State family, Jenkins served as Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and most recently, as the Senior Associate Vice President for the University of Central Florida – the nation’s second largest university. His career includes serving at Jackson State University, thereafter joining Virginia Tech’s Housing and Residence Life and later the Office of the Dean of Students. He remained at Virginia Tech until becoming the Assistant Dean of Students of Northeastern Illinois University. He later serve as the Dean of Students at the University of North Carolina Wilmington; and was recruited to serve as the Dean of Students at the University of Houston-Clear Lake.
Jenkins is a Life-member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated. He is an active member of several higher education organizations, including: the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA); the American College Personnel Association (ACPA); the State University System of Florida Associate Vice President Council; the National Association of Student Affairs Professionals (NASAP); the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU); and the Association of Student Conduct Administration (ASCA). In 2014, he served as a faculty member for the NASPA Region II Mid Manager Institute.
A supporter of quality higher education, he has served as a site evaluator for the Middle States Commission of Higher Education (MSCHE). He has been inducted into several of the most prestigious academic honor, business and leadership societies in the Nation: Alpha Kappa Psi; Kappa Phi; Sigma Alpha Pi; Alpha Sigma Lambda; Omicron Delta Kappa; Alpha Phi Sigma; and Order of Omega.
Jenkins is married to Toinette Jenkins and they have three daughters.
About West Virginia State University
Founded in 1891, West Virginia State University is a public, land-grant, historically black university, which has evolved into a fully accessible, racially integrated, and multi-generational institution. The University, “a living laboratory of human relations,” is a community of students, staff, and faculty committed to academic growth, service, and preservation of the racial and cultural diversity of the institution. Its mission is to meet higher education and economic development needs of the state and region through innovative teaching and applied research. For more information, visit www.wvstateu.edu.
About the HBCU Campaign Fund
HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) is a non-profit advocacy organization which is mission to supporting the significance and campaign in raising funds for scholarships and services at historically black colleges and universities and predominately black institutions. HCF advocates for students, alumni, HBCU and PB institutions. For more information, visit www.hbcucampaignfund.org.
INSTITUTE, W. Va. – West Virginia State University (WVSU) and the WVSU Foundation to honor distinguished NASA Mathematician and WVSU alumna Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson with the establishment of an endowed scholarship and the erection of a bronze statue on campus.
According to a press release by the university, the dedication ceremony of the statue and scholarship is planned for Saturday, August 25, 2018, at 11 AM, the day before Johnson’s 100th birthday. The statue will be placed in WVSU’s quad, the heart of campus, with accompanying seating and landscaping.
“Rarely are we presented an opportunity to attach ourselves to a historic moment. I believe this is one of those time,” said WVSU President Anthony L. Jenkins. “Despite her numerous accomplishments, she never forgot WVSU, White Sulphur Springs, nor the state she loves so dear. Then, as throughout her life, Katherine has embodied the true essence of a West Virginian; strong values, unbreakable resolve, and a work ethic that is second to none.
The life-sized bronze statue depicting Johnson during her years as a mathematician at NASA will be created by West Virginia sculptor Frederick Hightower, an alumnus of WVSU.
The endowed scholarship will build upon Johnson’s legacy as a pioneer in mathematics and will benefit students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) with emphasis on assisting talented individuals who are underrepresented in those fields. WVSU seeks to endow the scholarship at $100,000.
Donors who give $1,000 or more by June 30, 2018, will have their names engraved on a plaque next to the statue. Organizations that give $25,000 or more will be recognized with a separate plaque.
Johnson received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015, the highest award that can be bestowed upon a civilian. A native of White Sulphur Springs, W. Va., Johnson first came to Institute at the age of 10 to attend high school that used to be part of West Virginia State’s campus. After graduating from high school at age 15, she immediately enrolled for college classes at West Virginia State. Johnson excelled in her studies and graduated summa cum laude in 1937 at the age of 18 with bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and French.
Johnson’s pioneering work as a “computer” at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) and later at NASA, has been widely recognized following of the book, “Hidden Figures,” and by the movie of the same name.
West Virginia State University is a public, land grant, historically black university, which has evolved into a fully accessible, racially integrated, and multi-generational institution, located in Institute, W.Va. As a “living laboratory of human relations,” the university is a community of students, staff, and faculty committed to academic growth, service, and preservation of the racial and cultural diversity of the institution. Its mission is to meet the higher education and economic development needs of the state and region through innovative teaching and applied research. For more information, visit www.wvstateu.edu.