Bluefield State president stepping down; Provost to assume acting role

BLUEFIELD — The Bluefield State College Board of Governors and Dr. Marsha Krotseng today announced that Krotseng will step down in her role as president and serve as a special adviser to the chairman of the board through August 2019. Krotseng has served as president for seven years.


The Rev. Garry D. Moore, chairman of the Board of Governors, said the board is appointing Dr. Ted Lewis, the current provost, as acting president until an interim is named. The board will launch a national search for a president in the coming weeks.


“We thank Dr. Krotseng for her years of dedicated service to Bluefield State, our students and to this community,” Moore said. “She has always led with the best interests of our students and this wonderful college at the forefront, and we will continue to benefit from her counsel in her new role.”


Moore said Dr. Lewis has led positive change in academic programs at Bluefield since he joined in 2018 and the board is confident he will effectively guide the college through the transition to new leadership.


“We appreciate Dr. Lewis’s willingness to step into this temporary role and his continued leadership of our outstanding academic programs,” he said. “We look forward to working with the Bluefield State family and community to determine what we will need in our next leader.”


As special adviser, Krotseng will provide advice concerning the potential impact of statewide higher education policies, procedures and legislation.

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