Haywood Community College

NEWS RELEASE

Contacts: Debra M. Davis, Diana S. Conard



185 Freedlander Drive



Clyde, NC 28721



828-627-4521 Fax: 828-627-1218

Date: 2-19-07

For immediate release.

Leatherwood Assumes Role of Director of Community and Economic Development at HCC

Haywood Community College employee, Dr. Laura Leatherwood, will assume the role of Director of Community and Economic Development at the college effective March 1. This leadership was carried through as part of Dr. Greg Rutherford’s duties at the college. Rutherford assumed his new position at York Technical College in South Carolina in February.

Leatherwood has been at HCC since 2000. Her current position is Executive Director of Institutional Advancement, Foundation & Alumni Relations. Before coming to HCC, she served as membership coordinator at Haywood Regional Medical Center.

Leatherwood has a doctorate from Western Carolina University in higher education leadership, a master’s degree in human resource development, and a bachelor’s degree in business administration/business law from Western Carolina University. She serves on several local, regional, and state boards. The Swain County native enjoys running, yoga, strength training, golfing, and snow skiing.

According to HCC President, Dr. Rose Johnson, “Laura has demonstrated strong leadership for college advancement. The college is lucky that she has agreed to apply her tremendous talents and energy to this important new leadership role.”

Leatherwood says it will be bittersweet to leave the HCC Foundation. “I have invested personal energy into making sure funds were raised to ensure the college is a success and I hope to see that it’s continued,” she explains. “I am excited about starting this new opportunity. HCC would like to expand our relationship with our community and economic development partners.” Leatherwood says she brings relationships that she built while working in the foundation, as well as community involvement to this new venture.

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(Cutline: ) Laura Leatherwood assumes the role of Director of Community and Economic Development at Haywood Community College March 1. Leatherwood current position is the college’s Executive Director of Institutional Advancement, Foundation & Alumni Relations.