Community Colleges NC myFutureNC Perspective

Perspective | NC’s future is bright, and a localized initiative will lead the way

About the authors

Mr. Cecil has served as President and CEO of Biltmore Farms, LLC, since 1992. Established in 1897, Biltmore Farms has focused its efforts on community building, through developing an extensive portfolio of real estate projects including a regional shopping mall, a mixed-use urban village, master planned communities, corporate offices, hotels, apartments, medical office buildings and over 1,000 homes.… Read full bio »
Dr. Michael M. Dempsey was appointed in April 2015 as the Dean and Director of Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville. The Center opened in August of 2012 in the Historic Montford area of Asheville and currently offers 12 graduate programs. Dr. Dempsey came to Lenoir-Rhyne from Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College (A-B Tech), where he served in numerous capacities, most recently as director of educational partnerships.… Read full bio »

Laura B. Leatherwood, Ed.D., is the president of Blue Ridge Community College. Prior to Blue Ridge, she served for 17 years in various roles at Haywood Community College. 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.

Nathan is the Director of the Mountain Area Workforce Development Board with Land of Sky Regional Council serving Buncombe, Henderson, Madison and Transylvania Counties.  Prior to this role he was a Business Services Representative for the North Carolina Department of Commerce. Nathan served in the NC General Assembly representing House District 115 from 2013 to 2014 and as Chairman of the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners from 2000 to 2008. … Read full bio »
William Sederburg grew up in Minnesota. After graduating from Minnesota State University, Mankato he earned a Ph.D. in Political Science from Michigan State University. He married Joyce Witte in 1972 and raised a family in East Lansing, Michigan. Sederburg has been involved in education policy his entire life. While a graduate student, he was elected to the Michigan State Board of Education.… Read full bio »