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BSC’s Newest Administrator Possesses a Wealth of Experience and a Heart for Students (w/photo)

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    Tuesday, March 01 2011
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(Bluefield)—Her career includes stops in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Illinois, so Dr. Robin Ware isn’t easily discouraged by the winter snowfalls that visit Bluefield, or by the challenges of her new position at Bluefield State College.  As BSC’s Interim Provost and Off-Campus Coordinator, she brings to the office an attitude of caring and openness that she hopes will be a source of encouragement to the college community.

“I’ve been fortunate to work on both the student side and the faculty side of the street,” she observed.  “I started as an admissions officer at Geneva (PA) College and 25 years later, here I am with a career in higher education.  When I am asked what I do for a living, I answer that ‘I’m in the business of transforming lives.’”

Ware has been involved in admissions in one way or another for most of her career, moving from Geneva College to later run the adult education program at Millikin University.  She served as Associate Vice President at Southern Wesleyan University and has been president of the Milwaukee campus at Ottawa University-Wisconsin.

“I have a heart for students,” she added, “and I believe there’s a tremendous opportunity at Bluefield State.”  She observed that the Bluefield area reminds her of the Geneva, PA region, north of Pittsburgh.  “In both communities, access and affordability are issues for the students.  People are looking for the knowledge and skills that give them hope for a future in an economy that has undergone change.”

Although Ware was hired as BSC’s Off-Campus Coordinator, her first assignment has changed.  With the retirement of BSC Provost Don Smith in January 2011, BSC President Albert Walker asked Ware to serve as Interim Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs.

“We have a wonderful student body,” Ware said.  “Many students here work and pursue an education at the same time.  That’s a real challenge and a lot of hard work.  I’ve always worked at schools where the personal touch really matters. . .where you take the time to care about the students.  When students come to my office, I can’t promise that I will always be able to give them what they want, but I can promise that I will listen to their concerns.”

In addition to her concern for students, Ware has a heart for some four-legged friends.  “I have been a ‘foster mom’ to 78 Basset Hounds, via basset rescue programs,” she continued.  “I have adopted three.  There are few things in life that are better than being at home with a good book and a dog in my lap.”