Retired Faculty

Retired Social Work Faculty


Dr. Bonnie Dorsey

Emeritus Professor of Social Work

Dr. Bonnie Dorsey began her tenure at Concord University in 1996, following her hire as a Temporary Professor in 1995. While at Concord, in addition to her faculty responsibilities, she was the Executive Director of the Concord University Bonner Scholars Program (1997-2008, Concord University Branch). She, along with Dr. John David Smith, was also responsible for the establishment of the Concord University Kappa Omicron Chapter of the Phi Alpha Honor Society (2001) which is the National Social Work Honor Society. Prior to joining Concord University, Dr. Dorsey was very active in the social work practice community. She has practice experience in mental health, aging, physical rehabilitation services, medical services, and private practice. Dr. Dorsey became a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers in 1990. In 1992, she received certification as a Qualified Clinical Social Worker and in 1994, earned a NASW Diplomate in Clinical Social Work. She is also licensed as an independent clinical social worker (LICSW) in the stat of West Virginia. 

In December of 2014, Dr. Dorsey retired as a full Professor of Social Work. She and her husband Ward White, Jr. have 5 children, 12 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren together. Dr. Dorsey is planning on enjoying her family, reading murder mysteries, doing needlework, playing piano, and learning to play the concertina, dulcimer, and cello. 


Harriette Wright

Harriette Wright

Professor of Social Work

Mrs. Wright was the first black female professor at Concord University. She was a proud member of the A.K.A. Sorority, N.A.A.C.P., Bluefield State Alumni Association, Bluefield Garden Club, Les Modernes, A.A.R.P., board member of Bluefield Community Center and a founder of Appalachian Area Agency on Aging; which includes the Mercer County Commission on Aging. Mrs. Wright loved people and was honored with numerous awards including the National Social Worker’s Award, presented to her by the Governor of West Virginia.

Retired Sociology Faculty

Dr. C. Allen Beatty Retired Concord University Emeritus Professor of Sociology


Dr. C. Allen Beatty

Emeritus Professor of Sociology
Concord University

Dr. Danette Light Retired Concord University Professor of Sociology


Dr. Danette Light

Professor of Sociology
Concord University