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Former BC President Dobyns dies at 82

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BLUEFIELD, Va. (NEWS RELEASE) --- Dr. Roy A. Dobyns, 82, of Dandridge, Tennessee, passed away peacefully at the Jefferson County (TN) Nursing Home on November 12, 2013.

Born January 31, 1931 in Bristol, Virginia, Dr. Dobyns served as the eighth president of Bluefield College from 1989 to 1996, during which time he led the school in its most notable era of student growth. In fact, under Dr. Dobyns' initiatives, enrollment at BC more than doubled from 1989 to 1995 to an all–time high of 853 students. A significant part of that growth came through the school's first-ever adult degree completion program, envisioned and launched by Dr. Dobyns in 1991.

Under Dr. Dobyns, the college also launched its largest fundraising effort to date, the 75th Anniversary Campaign, which was designed to fund additional growth on campus in facilities and academic andathletic programs. By the end of the campaign, the college had raised $7.5 million for a new Science Center, two new parking lots, a new campus roadway, an expansion to the Student Activities Center, renovations to Lansdell Hall, and additional investments in faculty and students.

Before his retirement from BC in 1995, Dr. Dobyns also developed two new academic divisions and an institutional effectiveness program. He also spearheaded the school's reaffirmation of accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in 1993.

Before Bluefield, Dr. Dobyns served as vice president for academic affairs and professor of math at Carson Newman University. His higher education experience also included tenures at Clayton State College in Georgia, Georgetown College inKentucky, McNeese State University in Louisiana, and Louisiana College in Louisiana. In addition, he served on the Board of Trustees at Cumberland University in Tennessee.

A United States Army veteran and a graduate and Distinguished Alumnus of Carson Newman and Vanderbilt's George Peabody College, Dr. Dobyns was a member of First Baptist Church in Jefferson City, where he served as a deacon, trustee, andmember of many committees. He also was a charter member of the Jefferson City Rotary Club and a recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow Award.

His wife of 58 years, former BC First Lady Kathryn Dobyns, still resides in Dandridge. He is also survived by his three children, Roy A. Dobyns, Jr. and wife, Robin, of Boone, North Carolina; John Dobyns and wife, Carol, of Raleigh, North Carolina; and Joe Dobyns and wife, Donna, of Jefferson City, Tennessee; among many grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for the former Bluefield College president will be conducted at First Baptist Church in Jefferson City on Friday, November 15 at 11 a.m. The family will receive friends at First Baptist-Jefferson City on Thursday, November 14 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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