For Immediate Release:
July 29, 2015
Primary Media Contact:
Public Relations Specialist
Kimberly P. Blosser, Ed.D., was named Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs at Laurel Ridge Community College. Blosser came to Laurel Ridge from Blue Ridge Community College in July 2012, where she held several positions, including Chief Information Officer, Dean of Math, Physical Sciences, and Technology, and Associate Professor of Information Systems Technology.
For the past three years, Blosser served as Laurel Ridge’s Associate Vice President of Instruction where she provided leadership to the academic unit on the Middletown campus, was responsible for the instructional program and personnel at the Luray-Page County Center and managed the program review process for all academic programs. Blosser played a huge role in preparation of Laurel Ridge’s 5th year interim reporting with the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges-Commission on College (SACS-COC).
Blosser is excited to take on the challenges of her new role as Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs. She comments, “Laurel Ridge is in the midst of some exciting new initiatives, including our new approach to awarding degrees through the attainment of competencies rather than just through college courses. We are working to make dual enrollment for high school students even more accessible than it already is and we are expanding our science, trades, and allied health program options to provide even more employment and transfer opportunities for all our students. Virginia’s focus on having students earn industry-recognized credentials is going to create an environment at Laurel Ridge where students move directly from certificates or degrees that embed certifications into great careers with good salaries. We are working on all of these new options while still being committed to providing excellent, personal service to our students. It’s a really exciting time to be working at Laurel Ridge.”
The Page County native earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and her Masters of Arts in Education from Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. She earned a Masters of Science in Management Information Systems and a Doctorate of Education with a Concentration in Higher Education from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Blosser is a resident of Stanley, VA.
Founded in 1970, Laurel Ridge Community College is a multi-campus public institution of higher education. With three locations — Middletown, Warrenton, and Luray-Page County — the College serves eight localities in the Shenandoah Valley and northern Piedmont regions. The localities are the counties of Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren and the city of Winchester. Laurel Ridge offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs in a wide variety of disciplines, in addition to providing access to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs offered on site by a four-year institution. Laurel Ridge also serves the business community by offering workforce preparation programs for employees and employers. Laurel Ridge serves more than 9,000 unduplicated credit students and more than 11,000 individuals in professional development and business and industry courses annually.
Laurel Ridge Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate degrees. Laurel Ridge Community College also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of Laurel Ridge Community College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).
Laurel Ridge Community College is an equal opportunity institution providing educational and employment opportunities, programs, services, and activities. Laurel Ridge shall promote and maintain equal employment and educational opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions including lactation, age (except when age is a bona fide occupational qualification), status as a veteran, national origin, or other non-merit factors. Laurel Ridge also prohibits sexual misconduct including sexual violence or harassment. Inquiries may be directed to the Associate Vice President, Human Resources, [email protected], 173 Skirmisher Lane, Middletown, VA 22645, 540-868-7226.
Laurel Ridge Community College was known as Lord Fairfax Community College until June 2022. For consistency purposes, the college will be referenced as Laurel Ridge going forward.