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Shelia Curran Johnson
A year later , Shelia was asked to become the College ’ s “ interim ” Chief Financial Officer . In 1999 , the “ interim ” was removed . She has remained in that position until now as she announces her retirement .
“ Shelia Johnson has been a stalwart for decades . This institution is indebted to her dedication . We are sorry to see her go , but she has earned this retirement . Thank you , Shelia !”
- President Robin Capehart
She has served five presidents : Robert Moore , Albert Walker , Interim Tom Blevins , Marsha Krotseng and , most recently , Robin Capehart .
President Capehart commented on her retirement , “ Shelia Johnson has been a stalwart for decades . This institution is indebted to her dedication . We are sorry to see her go , but she has earned this retirement . Thank you , Shelia !”
Looking back , Shelia says that the toughest time were the years 2004-2009 . The state created the community college system then . In doing so , nearly half of Bluefield State ’ s enrollment was redirected to the brand-new New River Community and Technical College ( NRCTC ).
“ 45 % of our students then were enrolled in our 2-year programs , six of which were nationally accredited . At first , all six were going to NRCTC . Our campus community rallied and fought like heck with legislators in Charleston to keep our Allied Health and Engineering programs .”
Adding to the burden , the College was mandated to create and get NRCTC accredited within a very tight 18-month window .
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