Message from the President

Dr. Laura Leatherwood, President of Blue Ridge Community College

Dr. Laura Leatherwood, President of Blue Ridge Community College

Welcome to Blue Ridge Community College. Are you just starting out in your career? Are you considering a career change? Are you looking to learn new skills or enrich current ones? No matter your goal, we’re here to help you reach your personal summit. We offer programs and courses at three different campuses in Henderson and Transylvania counties and invite you to visit in person or to further explore our website. You’ll quickly discover that this is the place for you.  Come experience education as it should be – elevated.

We’re a group of forward-thinking professionals who are here to help you reach your academic and career goals – whatever they may be. Enhancing growth and development is synonymous with Blue Ridge Community College and our extraordinary faculty is student-centered and committed to your success.

Our small classes and customized training are all designed to provide students not only with a better choice – but the smart choice. We take pride in being an affordable option that’s accessible and helps students to overcome obstacles so they have a path to a better future. We have many financial options available to ease the financial challenges that often come with higher education. From scholarships to financial assistance, rest assured, we’ll help you to find ways to pay for college.

We’ve been educating the community for 50 years and many students who have entered and left through our doors have gone on to accomplish great success. Are you ready to begin the next chapter? We invite you to start your educational journey with us. Take that first step to fulfill your hopes and dreams. We’re waiting for you.

Warm regards,

Laura B. Leatherwood, Ed.D.


About Laura B. Leatherwood

Dr. Laura B. Leatherwood has spent the last twenty-four years in community college education. She was appointed President of Blue Ridge Community College in 2017, leading three campuses with 11,000 students in Henderson and Transylvania Counties. This work has afforded her the opportunity to work and advocate for higher education at the local, regional, state and national levels with the American Association of Community Colleges. She serves as President of the NC Association of Community College Presidents and was named 2022 President of the Year for the North Carolina Community College System. Her list of awards and accomplishments is extensive, and she was most recently recognized as Business North Carolina’s Top 100 Influential Leaders in North Carolina.

Dr. Leatherwood spends a lot of her time working on behalf of the Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development, Transylvania County Economic Alliance, Henderson County Chamber of Commerce, UNC Health/Pardee Hospital Board of Trustees, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, WNC Communities Board of Directors, and many other nonprofit agencies.

Prior to her role as Blue Ridge’s president, she served for 17 years in various roles at Haywood Community College including vice president of student and workforce development, executive director of Haywood Community College Foundation, and director of institutional advancement. Dr. Leatherwood holds a doctorate degree in university and community college leadership, a master’s degree in human resource development, and a bachelor’s degree in business law, all from Western Carolina University.

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