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Leadership Team

College President Molly A. Parkhill

Molly A. Parkhill, Ed.D.


Dr. Molly A. Parkhill has served as the College’s third president since 2007.

Prior to being named president, she served for 21 years in various roles at the College including JTPA Planner, director of the cooperative education program, associate dean for Transylvania programs, and nine years as dean for continuing education.

Dr. Parkhill holds a doctorate degree from Clemson University in vocational and technical education along with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from Ohio State University.

She was recognized in 2006 as the North Carolina Community College System and BB & T Corporation Staff Person of the Year.


Dr. Alan Stephenson







Alan H. Stephenson, Ph.D.

Vice President for Instruction

Dr. Stephenson joined Blue Ridge in 2010 and serves as the College's chief academic officer.

Prior to joining Blue Ridge, he served as dean for arts and sciences at Edgecombe Community College. 

Dr. Stephenson holds a master's degree from Auburn University and a Ph.D. from East Carolina University.



Julie Thompson

Julie G. Thompson

Vice President for Economic and Workforce Development/Continuing Education

Ms. Thompson joined Blue Ridge in 1979 and has held various roles including career counselor, Cooperative Education Director, and JobLink Career Center Director. She was named Vice President in 2011 and is responsible for NCWorks Centers, Work-Based Learning, Small Business Center, Corporate & Customized Training, Occupational Training, Law Enforcement, Allied Health, Emergency Services, Environmental Health and Safety Institute, Outreach, and Personal Enrichment.

Thompson holds a bachelor's degree from University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a master's degree from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.



Marcia Stoneman

Marcia L. Stoneman

Vice President for Student Services

Ms. Stoneman joined Blue Ridge in 1979 and has held various roles in Student Services. She was named Vice President in 2010 and is responsible for counseling, student activities, registrar, financial aid, and enrollment management.

Stoneman holds a bachelor's degree from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master's degree from Western Carolina University.


Ernest Simons

Ernest Simons

Vice President for Technology/CIO

Mr. Simons joined Blue Ridge in November 2012 and is responsible for media services, learning technologies, and information technology. Prior to coming to Blue Ridge, he was vice president of information services at South Piedmont Community College.

Simons holds a bachelor’s degree from Milwaukee School of Engineering and a master’s degree from Gardner-Webb University



Chad Merrill

R. Chad Merrill, Ed.D.

Chief of Staff, Institutional Advancement/General Administration

Dr. Merrill joined Blue Ridge in 1996 and is responsible for event management; human resources; marketing and communications; and planning, research, and institutional effectiveness. He serves as the advisor to the President on issues of public affairs and external communications and is the accreditation liaison for the College.

Prior to his current position, he served as Cooperative Education Director and Dean for Transylvania Programs.

Merrill holds a bachelor's degree from University of North Carolina at Asheville and master's and doctorate degrees from Western Carolina University.



Ann Green

Ann F. Green

Executive Director, BRCC Educational Foundation

Ms. Green joined Blue Ridge in 1990 and serves as executive director of Blue Ridge Community College Educational Foundation, Inc.

Prior to being named Executive Director in 1999, she served in several support functions with the Educational Foundation.

Green holds a bachelor's degree from Mars Hill University and is a graduate of the North Carolina Community College Leadership Program and Vision Henderson County.