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Dr. Molly H. Duggan is the Director of the Community College Administration  Program at Lenoir-Rhyne University. She joins the Lenoir-Rhyne University faculty from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, where she taught in the Community College Leadership doctoral program, along with the MS in Higher Education program, and the Human Services undergraduate program. She has 18 years in the community college, having coordinated the Education for Independence Program at the Paul D. Camp Community College in Franklin, Virginia, and having served as an adjunct instructor.

Dr. Duggan received her doctorate in Urban Studies from Old Dominion University, where she also earned a Master of Science in English Education and in Education in Counseling. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.


Dr. Johanna M. Brown is an adjunct faculty member with the Community College Administration program. She joins the Lenoir-Rhyne University faculty from Durham Technical Community college, where currently serves as an Academic Advisor/Enrollment Counselor.  Previously she has worked as a Professional Counselor and Student Development instructor for community colleges within the Virginia Community College System.

Dr. Brown received her doctorate in Community College Leadership from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA.  She also earned a Master of Arts in Agency Counseling and Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Sociology, both from The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA.


Dr. Laura Leatherwood joins Lenoir Rhyne with 14 years of progressive community college experience.  She has the pleasure of serving as Vice President of Student Services at Haywood Community College where her responsibilities include:  student development services (financial aid, admissions, enrollment, counseling, student government, student activities and placement testing), instructional technology, learning resource center, distance learning and serves on the President’s Executive Council and provides administrative support to the Board of Trustees.  She also serves as Administrator in Charge in the absence of the President. 

Her experience includes Advancement/Foundation, Continuing Ed and Workforce Development, Curriculum Liaison, Adult Education (Basic Skills), Tutoring, Student Support Services, Instructional Technology, Library and Distance Learning. 

In addition, Dr. Leatherwood has eight years of teaching experience at the community college and university level, which includes two years of online instruction.


Dr. Thomas V. Toglia is an adjunct faculty member with the Community College Administration Program. He joins the Lenoir-Rhyne faculty following eight years as an Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator in the College of Education at Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU). He was named Associate Professor Emeritus at ENMU in 2014. Previously, Dr. Toglia spent over 21 years as lead faculty and program coordinator for a special workforce development initiative with the General Motors Corporation at New Mexico Junior College (NMJC) in Hobbs, NM. He was named Professor Emeritus at NMJC in 2005.

Dr. Toglia has extensive experience teaching community college faculty and administrators various topics such as principles of adult learning, curriculum development, teaching methods, assessment, workforce development, action research, leadership, and education law. He is also a member of the Council on Law in Higher Education (CLHE).

Dr. Toglia holds a Doctor in Education (Ed.D.) degree in Community College Leadership from New Mexico State University in Las Cruses, NM; a Masters Degree in Educational Administration (M.Ed.) from Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, NM; a B.S. degree in Vocational-Industrial Education from Northern Arizona University, and an Associate in Science Degree from Pima Community College in Tucson, AZ.


Dr. Mitchell R. Williams has over 18 years of experience in higher education, including ten years as a faculty member in graduate programs in Community College Leadership, Community College Administration, and Adult Education. He has served as Interim Graduate Program Director and Program Coordinator for the Doctoral Program in Community College Leadership at Old Dominion University and as Graduate Program Director for the Master’s Degree Programs in Community College Administration and Community College Teaching at Western Carolina University. He has taught distance education, face-to-face, and hybrid courses in community college politics and policy development, rural community college leadership, the modern community college, community college teaching, adult education, research methods, and research design and analysis.

Dr. Williams has held administrative positions with the University of Virginia, the University of North Carolina at Asheville, and Western Carolina University.

Dr. Williams holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Government from Hamilton College, and he has Master’s Degrees from both Georgetown University and Western Carolina University. He earned a Doctor of Education Degree in Adult and Community College Education from North Carolina State University.