Public Invited to Participate in Survey as Part of Search for Laurel Ridge Community College’s New President

For Immediate Release:
August 17, 2017

Primary Media Contact:
Sally Voth
Public Relations Specialist
[email protected]
Phone: 540-868-7134

Search for Laurel Ridge Community College’s New President

With the retirement of Dr. Cheryl Thompson-Stacy as president of Laurel Ridge Community College, the Laurel Ridge College Board and the Virginia Community College System will conduct a nationwide search for her replacement. Search for Laurel Ridge Community College’s New President

Lord Fairfax invites the community to provide input on the college’s priorities for the next three to five years.  A brief, online survey can be found at  Paper copies are available at the college’s locations in Middletown, Warrenton, Luray, and Vint Hill. 

The survey will be available through August 21, 2017.  Responses are anonymous and will become part of the material considered by the Laurel Ridge Board in the search process. 

The educational and economic impact of Laurel Ridge is significant.  With a service region that includes the City of Winchester and the counties of Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah, and Warren, Laurel Ridge offers residents the opportunity to  earn an associate degree or certificate, transfer to a four-year college or university, train for the workforce, earn an industry credential, switch careers, or continue lifelong learning.



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 (

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.