Senior Leadership Team
Laura B. Leatherwood, Ed.D.
Dr. Laura B. Leatherwood was named the College’s fourth president in July 2017.
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.
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.
Interim Vice President for Student Services
Ms. Bunch joined Blue Ridge in 1998 and has held various roles in Student Services. She was named Interim Vice President in January 2017 and is responsible for counseling, student activities, registrar, financial aid, and enrollment management.
Bunch holds an associate degree from Blue Ridge Community College, a bachelor's degree from Mars Hill University, and a master's degree from Western Carolina University.
R. Chad Merrill, Ed.D.
Vice President for General Administration
Dr. Merrill joined Blue Ridge in 1996 and is responsible for human resources; facilities and plant operations; police and public safety; marketing and communications; information technologies; and planning, research, and institutional effectiveness.
Prior to his current position, he served as Cooperative Education Director, Dean for Transylvania Programs, and Chief of Staff.
Merrill holds a bachelor's degree from University of North Carolina at Asheville and master's and doctorate degrees from Western Carolina University.
Associate Vice President for Technology/CIO
Mr. Young joined Blue Ridge Community College as the Director of Information Technology in 2010 and assumed the role of Associate Vice President for Technology / CIO in October 2016. Prior to serving at Blue Ridge Community College, Mr. Young worked in the federal government and in various technical roles at a software company for six years.
Mr. Young has a bachelor's degree in computer science from SUNY at Buffalo and a master's degree in information systems management from Carnegie Mellon University. He has also completed the Vision Henderson County and North Carolina Community College Leadership programs.
Carolyn W. Alley
Associate Vice President for Finance/CFO
Ms. Alley was named Associate Vice President in July 2015. As the Chief Financial Officer of the College, Alley is primarily responsible for the fiscal resources of the College and oversees business services and auxiliary services.
Alley earned her bachelor's degree from University of North Carolina at Asheville and is a graduate of the North Carolina Community College Leadership Program.
Glenda H. McCarson
Associate Vice President for Transylvania County Campus
Ms. McCarson was named Associate Vice President in July 2015. She manages all functions pertaining to the Transylvania County Campus including development and coordination of instructional programs and personnel, student and administrative services, business and administrative services, and facility management.
McCarson earned her bachelor's degree from Montreat College and a master's degree in Educational Administration of Community Colleges from Western Carolina University. She is a graduate of the North Carolina Community College Leadership Program.
Ann F. Green
Executive Director, Blue Ridge Community College 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.