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Blue Ridge Community College Board of Trustees Announces Finalists in Search for Fourth President

Released March 30, 2017
Updated: April 24, 2017

After launching a national search earlier this year for its fourth college president, Blue Ridge Community College Board of Trustees announced it has selected five finalists.

The six finalists (in alphabetical order) are Wendy Frye, director of high schools at Henderson County Public Schools; Laura B. Leatherwood, vice president of student services at Haywood Community College in North Carolina; Jeff McCord, vice president of economic and workforce development at Northeast State Community College in Tennessee; R. Chad Merrill, vice president for general administration at Blue Ridge Community College; and Matthew R. Meyer, associate vice president of educational innovations at North Carolina Community College System.

The finalists will visit the College campuses in April and interview with the trustees. Each will also participate in a community forum on the day they visit and will be given an opportunity to discuss their preparation for the position, their education and leadership philosophy, and respond to questions from community members. Attendees will be given the opportunity to provide feedback that will be given to the Board of Trustees. The community forums will be open to the public.

The community forums will be held at the Health Sciences Center located at 805 Sixth Avenue West in Hendersonville in Room 3003 from 1 to 2:15 p.m.on the following schedule:

  • Monday, April 10: Dr. Matthew R. Meyer
  • Tuesday, April 11: Dr. Laura B. Leatherwood
  • Tuesday, April 25: Mr. Jeff McCord
  • Wednesday, April 26: Dr. R. Chad Merrill
  • Thursday, April 27: Dr. Wendy Frye

Board of Trustees Chair John C. McCormick, Jr., is leading the presidential search process. "Our goal is to find the best possible leader for Blue Ridge Community College," Mr. McCormick said. "These finalists are experienced and knowledgeable. We're looking forward to their participation in the next level of review."

The Board of Trustees plans to name the successful candidate in late May. Current President Dr. Molly A. Parkhill will be retiring on June 30, 2017, after more than 30 years of service to Blue Ridge Community College, ten as College president.