For Immediate Release:
August 17, 2017
Primary Media Contact:
Public Relations Specialist
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.
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 www.laurelridge.edu/search. 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 four locations — Middletown, Warrenton, Luray-Page County and most recently, Vint Hill— 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 (Laurel Ridge) is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Laurel Ridge Community College. Laurel Ridge Community College is an equal opportunity institution providing educational and employment opportunities, programs, services, and activities and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or other non-merit factors. Laurel Ridge also prohibits sexual misconduct including sexual violence or harassment.
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.