“On behalf of the Board of Directors, we are delighted to be a part of this wonderful institution,” said Asbury. “The board of trustees, as well as the administration, have taken some very important decisions to strategically position the university for the next century. We believe that the partnerships forged over the past few years and the significant changes underway will provide our students, for many years to come, a path to a bright, determined and blessed future. “
Olive said the transition to a college reflects Bluefield’s transformation over the years, as well as his commitment to developing servant-leaders.
“With the expansion of master’s programs and discussions on future doctoral programs, the board has determined that this is the right decision and the right time to change the name of Bluefield University,” said Olive. “It reflects the future trajectory of the institution as we prepare for the next century of Christian higher education.”
In 2018, a new Master of Arts in Biomedical Sciences (MABS) was introduced and offered in partnership with the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) in Blacksburg. Its goal is to help students gain acceptance into medical school or other health care programs through a nine-month, 35-credit-hour, face-to-face delivery program. The program emphasizes biomedical courses, research experience, field studies, as well as professional development seminars.