President, Blue Ridge Community College, Transylvania County, N.C.
Dr. Laura B. Leatherwood has served since 2017 as the fourth president of Blue Ridge Community College. Prior to being named president at Blue Ridge Community College, 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. She currently serves on the board for Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development, Mountain Area Workforce Development, American Red Cross Asheville-Mountain Area, Henderson County Chamber of Commerce, National Technical Honor Society, and Advent Health Hendersonville. She is also a member of American Association of Community Colleges Commission on Economic and Workforce Development, Henderson County Public Schools CTE Business Advisory Committee, Western Carolina University College of Business Board of Directors, and the Wingate University Hendersonville Advisory Board.