(Clyde, NC) - The Haywood Community College Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Shelley White as its seventh President as approved by the State Board of Community Colleges. Dr. White will succeed Dr. Barbara Parker who will retire at the end of this year.

“The HCC Board of Trustees is honored to announce Dr. White as Haywood Community College’s next President,” says George Marshall, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Haywood Community College. “Dr. White brings with her exceptional experience in the N.C. Community College system.  We look forward to her leadership in which we have no doubt will continue to further develop the excellence in educational opportunities at HCC.”

Dr. White, a 17-year resident of Haywood County, has served as Vice President of Economic and Workforce Development/Continuing Education at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College for five years and has been with A-B Tech for 18 years. In this role she led a dynamic division serving over 14,000 students and clients annually through workforce continuing education, community enrichment, customized training programs, the small business center, and business incubation programs.

During her tenure, Dr. White oversaw the development of the Composites Training Center of Excellence for GE Aviation’s expansion in Asheville, as well as creation of A-B Tech’s Advanced Manufacturing Center. She also led partnerships and grant development to bring supportive services to short-term workforce training for students facing obstacles.

A graduate of Isothermal Community College, Dr. White received her Doctorate in Education with a concentration in Community College Leadership from Western Carolina University. She has served as state-level President of the North Carolina Community College Adult Educators Association, an organization supporting the work of all continuing education programs through professional development, networking, and advocacy.

Dr. White’s experience demonstrates the importance of being involved with the local community, having partnered with the Economic Development Coalition of Asheville and Buncombe County and the Mountain Area Workforce Development Board, the planning of educational services at the Transformation Village of Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministries, and is a board member of Children’s Welfare League of Asheville and Buncombe County.

“As a long-time resident of Haywood County, I have seen the great work of HCC in our community and am honored to join this exceptional team,” states Dr. White. “I am excited about working together with our College and partners to expand and support educational programs and services, workforce training, and grow economic development for the benefit of our community.”

Dr. White join the HCC team as President as of January 1, 2020.