President Leatherwood at Health Sciences Center
President Leatherwood at podium at Innovative High School
President Leatherwood with Dr. Stone, Mr. Holder, and Ms. Green
President Leatherwood with graduate talking selfie

Office of the President

College President Laura B. Leatherwood portraitMessage from the President

Welcome to Blue Ridge Community College. I encourage you to look at our many program and course offerings, offered at three campuses in Henderson and Transylvania Counties. Feel free to visit in person or explore our website to discover all we have to offer you.

All the tools are in place at Blue Ridge Community College to enhance your growth and development. You will have access to academic and career counselors, free tutoring in our Student Success Center, and an extraordinary faculty who are student-centered and committed to your success, just to name a few. Whether you are seeking an associate degree, learning new job skills or taking classes for personal development, Blue Ridge Community College is an affordable choice. We have many options to ease the financial challenges of higher education. From scholarships to financial assistance, we will help you find ways to pay for college.

We are proud of all that has been accomplished at Blue Ridge throughout the past four decades. Students who began their educational journey with us have gone on to accomplish great success. We invite you to begin your journey with us and to take that first step in fulfilling your hopes and dreams.


Warm regards,

Laura B. Leatherwood, Ed.D.


About Laura B. Leatherwood

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.

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