BLUEFIELD — Bluefield State College President Dr. Marcia Krotseng has resigned the position.

The BSC Board of Governors made the announcement after an emergency meeting this afternoon.

Board President Garry Moore said the resignation is effective immediately and Provost Dr. Ted Lewis has been named the acting president until an interim president in selected. The board will launch a national search for a president in the coming weeks.

Krotseng will stay on at the college as a special advisor to the board of governors until her current contract expires next August, Moore said.

Bluefield State President Dr. Marsha Krotseng

Bluefield State President Dr. Marsha Krotseng

“We thank Dr. Krotseng for her years of dedicated service to Bluefield State, our students and to this community,” he said. “She has always led with the best interests of our students and this wonderful college at the forefront, and we will continue to benefit from her counsel in her new role.”

The action culminates a tumultuous year for Krotseng, who has been under fire from members of the college’s staff as well as from the community on her leadership and management.

Controversy prompted the board of governors to request help from the state Higher Education Policy Committee, and a study was conducted over the summer by representatives of a Washington, D.C. firm that was critical of the way the college has been managed as well as the board of governors’ oversight and the lack of accountability, transparency and community involvement.

Since that study, six new members have been named to the board with new leadership and all have expressed a commitment to get the college on the right track.

Contact Charles Boothe at cboothe@bdtonline.com.