Bluefield State University’s president to step down after public battles with faculty

By: - November 6, 2023 12:16 pm

Bluefield State University President Robin Capehart announced that he will be retiring effective Dec. 31, 2023. (Bluefield State University | Courtesy photo)

The embattled president of Bluefield State University in Mercer County will retire at the end of the calendar year, The Chronicle of Higher Education reported.

The outlet has followed BSU President Robin C. Capehart’s tenure as he fought publicly with faculty members over the university’s finances, declining enrollment and more. 

There was also controversy around unfinished dormitory construction and the university’s legacy as an Historically Black College and University — one of two in the state. 

Capehart, who came to the university in 2019, said he is retiring to spend more time with his wife.

“The board is extremely grateful to Robin Capehart for his dedicated service to this institution,” Charlie Cole, its chairman, said in a statement issued by the university. Cole also credited Capehart with improving the university’s financial condition and enrollment.

Capehart has routinely clashed with faculty in his time as president, and the university’s board dissolved the Faculty Senate.

He previously criticized the university’s faculty in his online blog, calling them “lost souls.”


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Amelia Ferrell Knisely
Amelia Ferrell Knisely

Amelia is an investigative reporter for West Virginia Watch. Her coverage regularly focuses on poverty, child welfare, social services and government.