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w. paul cole, jr school of business Cole Business School inducts Dr. Steve Bourne ‘74 and Jeff Mullins ‘90 to Hall of Fame. Bluefield State’s Cole School of Business conducted its first Hall of Fame ceremony, inducting two alumni who have gone on to have successful careers and make a difference in the lives of thousands of others. Dr. Glen “Steve” Bourne (Class of 1974) and Jeff Mullins (Class of 1990) were honored as the initial inductees into the Business School’s Hall of Fame. Dean Phillip Imel presided over the ceremony held at the Pipestem Resort on December 5, 2019. A Bourne Leader. Steve Bourne received first his A.S. Degree in Mining Engineering, then his B.S. in Business Administration from Bluefield State. While teaching at Bluefield High School, he earned his M.B.A. from Radford University. He joined Bluefield State’s School of Business faculty in 1978. In 1987, Steve became “Dr. Bourne” when he received his Ph.D. in Management from Virginia Tech’s Pamplin School of Business. His dissertation centered on labor management relations in the coal industry. Dr. Bourne remains widely known as one of the nation’s foremost experts on labor relations within the industry. He served several years as a management consultant and continues to work as an arbitrator regionally and nationally. Jeff Mullins (pictured left) and Dr. Glen “Steve” Bourne (pictured right) 18 BLUE AND GOLD During his 41-year career at Bluefield State, Dr. Bourne has distinguished himself as one of the finest professors in the history of the institution. He was one of three finalists for the Faculty Merit Foundation’s West Virginia “Professor of the Year.” He served as Dean three separate times. He has received multiple honors from both the school and his peers. The Business School’s most prestigious student scholarship is named for him: The “Steve Bourne Most Outstanding Business Student Award.” His community service includes the Bluefield Regional Medical Center Board of Directors and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Winning On the Court, And Off Jeff Mullins was, by his own admission, an “average” student at Bluefield State. He was also hardworking in the classroom and on the basketball court. The hard work on the hardwood paid off first. Twice he led Bluefield State’s basketball team to the WVIAC tournament championship. The 1988 game is remembered as perhaps the Big Blues’ finest. Although they lost a heartbreaker, 92-91, Jeff was picked for the all-tournament team. He also earned first team all-conference honors the following year. Terry Brown’s message and philosophy at BSC was hard work and dedication on the court and in the classroom.” His senior year, Jeff signed up for a class with Dr. Bourne something he had avoided until then. “I learned more in his classes and loved his teaching style. I wish that I had taken his courses sooner.” “What you do with your education is up to you” - Jeff Mulllins ‘90, BSC Cole Business School, Hall of Fame Inductee In 1995 Jeff tested whether the lessons of hard work and dedication learned at Bluefield State would pay off in the business world. With a little bit of his own money and a lot borrowed from others, he took a leap and founded Employers’ Innovative Network (EIN). It provides a host of services to small business companies including payroll processing and payroll taxes, human resource issues, regulatory compliance and more. It was not an immediate success. It took six months before EIN landed its first client. But after three years Jeff knew that his business model would succeed. Today, EIN has clients in 20 states. Looking back on what he’s achieved, Jeff observed, “What you do with your education is up to you. Just as in basketball, life and business, you must work hard.” Nominations for the second class of the School of Business Hall of Fame inductees are being accepted now. Address email to Dean Imel at: Asked how his basketball experience at Bluefield State shaped his later business success, Jeff said, [Coach] WINTER 2020 19