Virginia Highlands Community College has named Laura D. Pennington vice president of institutional advancement after serving as the department’s interim vice president since October 2017.
In the role, Pennington will focus on building strong relationships with the community and stakeholders and win financial resources to help serve students and local businesses. The vice president of institutional advancement also serves as executive director for the VHCC Educational Foundation.
Pennington is a National Institute for Leadership Development scholar, a graduate of the Council for Resource Development intern program and a certified fundraising executive and has a master’s degree in education from Oklahoma State University. She is currently working on a doctorate in educational leadership from Western Carolina University, Cullhowhee.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to continue to support the College and the Foundation in this capacity,” said Pennington, “and to be a part of what promises to be a bright future for this special place.”
Pennington lives in Abingdon, Virginia, and is active in promoting children’s issues and animal welfare.