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The W. Paul Cole, Jr. Dedication

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The W. Paul Cole, Jr. School of Business/Mahood Hall Officially Dedicated During December 7 Ceremony

(Bluefield)—After a year-long $6 million renovation effort, Mahood Hall, home of the W. Paul Cole, Jr. School of Business was officially dedicated during a celebratory ceremony at Bluefield State College on December 7. With an audience that included Cole, a Bluefield business and civic leader, his family, other dignitaries and members of the BSC community, the ceremony was telecast live throughout the world via its new video-streaming capabilities.

Dr. Thomas Blevins, BSC's Interim President, extended an official welcome to attendees. "Today marks a milestone in the history of Bluefield State College and in the W. Paul Cole, Jr. School of Business," he commented. "This building certainly demonstrates the wonders of technology."

Dr. Steve Bourne, Dean of the W. Paul Cole, Jr. School of Business, added, "Nearly a year ago, the School of Business was named in honor of Mr. Cole. The generosity of his sons Bill, Tom and Charlie, along with that of the Shott Foundation, the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, and the State of West Virginia have enabled this project to be completed. . . .we now have the capability to stream video from every classroom to the rest of the world and reach generations to come.

Dr. Bourne also announced that the Cole School of Business has recently received notification from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) that the baccalaureate program in Business Administration and the baccalaureate program in Accountancy have been granted accreditation reaffirmation for the next ten years.

Charlie Cole, speaking on behalf of the family, extended his thanks to BSC's faculty, administration, and staff "for making this possible in such a wonderful facility." He also reflected on the teachable moments he experienced through his father. "He said, 'Anyone can identify what the problems (in a business) are. I need you to tell me what the solutions are." In closing, he echoed the sentiments of his brothers, saying, "Dad, you are a wonderful mentor, role model and friend."

Paul Cole paid tribute to his grandfather, W.J. Cole, whose "Cole Family Code of Business" is displayed in the lobby of Mahood Hall. "This is a wonderful day, probably the greatest day of my life," he said. He also paid tribute to the teaching/learning capabilities fostered by Mahood Hall's renovations. "Steve Bourne gave me a tour of the building, and I am amazed by what's going on here," he added.

U.S. Senators John D. Rockefeller, IV and Joe Manchin, III, U.S. Congressman Nick J. Rahall, II, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission Chancellor Dr. Brian Noland, and WV HEPC Vice Chancellor of State Colleges/Senior Director of Academic Affairs Dr. Kathy Butler were unable to attend the program, but sent letters of congratulations to commemorate the occasion. HEPC Chief Financial Officer Rich Donovon attended the luncheon program that followed the dedication.

Following the dedication ceremony, BSC student members of Delta Mu Delta International Honor Society in Business and Phi Beta Lambda (an extension of the secondary schools organization "Future Business Leaders of America," and is involved in promoting the personal and professional growth of its members) provided tours of Mahood Hall.