Martinsville Bulletin: Blevins, Stanley selected to lead New College Institute

Martinsville Bulletin: Blevins, Stanley selected to lead New College Institute

December 9, 2016

By Mickey Powell

MARTINSVILLE – The New College Institute (NCI) is under new leadership.

Chief Academic Officer Leanna Blevins, who had been serving as acting executive director, was hired by NCI’s board on Friday to be the permanent executive director.

Blevins has been with the institute since it opened 10 years ago and previously worked for the New College of Virginia, the group that worked to establish in Martinsville-Henry County a new higher education institution that would provide local access to four-year degrees.

Also, the board elected state Sen. Bill Stanley, R-Franklin County, as its new chairman after approving bylaws changes enabling a state lawmaker to serve in that role. Stanley has been on the board for about four years.

The leadership changes come as NCI strives to chart its future course in providing higher education opportunities for students from the area and beyond.

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