Dr. Chris English Named Interim Vice President for Economic and Workforce Development


BRCC News | Published July 3, 2018

Dr. Chris English portraitDr. Chris English has been named interim vice president for economic and workforce development at Blue Ridge Community College, effective July 1.  

“Dr. English’s experience, expertise, and commitment for Blue Ridge will be invaluable as we expand our reach to train more new and incumbent workers for the increasing number of jobs in Henderson and Transylvania Counties,” said Blue Ridge Community College President Laura B. Leatherwood. 

English has been with Blue Ridge since 2000 when he began as a full-time automotive systems instructor. He most recently served as Dean for Advanced Technologies. 

English’s leadership experience extends beyond Blue Ridge Community College. In 2010-12, he led a state-wide curriculum improvement project for North Carolina Community College System transportation curriculum programs. More recently, he worked jointly with community college leaders from across the state to create the first associate degree in Brewing and Distillation for North Carolina community colleges.

In his new role, Dr. English is responsible for NCWorks Career Centers, Work-Based Learning, Small Business Center, Corporate & Customized Training, and continuing education offerings for occupational training and personal enrichment. He will also continue to oversee the Advanced Technologies curriculum programs.

Dr. English holds an associate degree from Greenville Technical College, a bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania College of Technology, a master’s degree from New Mexico State University, and a doctorate degree from Western Carolina University.