Dr. Mary E. Rittling
Dr. Mary E. Rittling was named the third president of Davidson County Community College in August 2003. With a full-time faculty and staff of almost 300 and approximately 400 adjunct instructors and part-time staff members, DCCC serves over 13,000 students each year at its two campuses and three satellite education centers in Davidson and Davie counties.
Prior to her service at DCCC, Rittling served four years as Regional Vice President of West Virginia University, where she also was President of Potomac State College of West Virginia University. In addition, Rittling spent seven years as a senior administrator at the State University of New York at Delhi, where she served as Interim President of the College of Technology and Vice President for Academic Programs and Services, among other roles.
Her teaching experience includes eight years as a Professor and Associate Professor of Nursing at the State University of New York College of Technology at Delhi. Rittling, who completed the Harvard University Institute for New Presidents in 1999, earned a Doctor of Education degree in Higher and Adult Education from Columbia University in New York City after completing her Master of Arts degree. In addition, she earned a Master of Science degree in Nursing from Binghamton University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from D'Youville College in Buffalo. President Rittling serves on several national, state and regional boards.
She was named North Carolina Community College (NCCC) President of the Year in 2012. She and her husband, Jim, live in Thomasville and have three grown daughters and four grandchildren.
Jenny Michael Varner
Vice President, External Affairs and Executive Director, DCCC Foundation
Jenny Varner joined Davidson County Community College in 2008.
As a Duke University senior, Varner co-founded a nonprofit organization with two classmates aimed at enhancing student leadership and campus life at colleges nationwide. This led to a job with NASPA, the student affairs professional network. Following graduate school, she joined the staff of U.S. Senator Elizabeth Dole, working on federal funding opportunities for constituents and traveling with the senator across North Carolina.
Varner earned Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Public Policy from Duke University.
She and her husband, Bren, live in Lexington and have one son, Jay.
Vice President, Financial & Administrative Services
Laura Yarbrough joined Davidson County Community College in 2003. She was previously the Dean of Financial & Administrative Services.
Yarbrough earned her Associate Degree in Applied Science from Davidson County Community College and went on to receive her Bachelor of Science Degree from High Point University. She then earned her MBA from Liberty University. Prior to coming to DCCC, Yarbrough worked in various financial service roles at Cornerstone Health Care, P.A. in High Point before ultimately becoming the controller.
She and her husband, Sandy, live in Lexington.
Vice President, Academic Programs and Services
Dr. Margaret Annunziata joined the staff of DCCC in 1997. Since that time, she has served as Director of Student Success Initiatives & Institutional Assessment, professor of Teacher Education, coordinator of continuing education programs, and director of the campus Child Development Center. Dr. Annunziata also leads the College’s Achieving the Dream, Completion by Design, and Frontier Set initiatives designed to promote student learning, persistence, and completion.
Dr. Annunziata earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and Economics from Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY, a Master of Science in Family & Child Development from Auburn University in Alabama, and an Ed.D. in Community College Leadership from Wingate University in North Carolina.
She lives in northern Davidson County with her husband Ken and their three children, Nicholas, Michael, and Sydney.
Vice President, Student Success and Communications
Susan Burleson began her career at DCCC in August 2003 as Faculty, Psychology. She has also served the College as Department Chair, Social Sciences, and Associate Dean, General Studies & Academic Support.
Prior to coming the DCCC, Burleson was a faculty member at Alamance Community College.
Burleson earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at N.C. State University and her Master of Arts in Psychology degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has completed additional graduate studies at UNCG.
Burleson and her husband, Wade D. Burleson, Jr., live in Lexington with their three children Cameron, Lucas, and Emily.
Rhonda Quash Coats
Vice President, Student Affairs
Dr. Rhonda Quash Coats joined the team at Davidson County Community College as Vice President, Student Affairs in August 2015. Prior to that time Rhonda lived in Olympia, Washington and served as the Vice President for Student Services at South Puget Sound Community College. She has campus-based experience in admissions, recruitment, and financial aid with additional experience working at the state-level developing and interpreting rules and policies on issues relating to advising, athletics, childcare, counseling, disability support services, residency, student employment, student government, students of color and women's programs.
Coats earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Norfolk State University in Health and Physical Education, a Master of Education degree in Higher Education Administration from The Pennsylvania State University and a Doctorate in Education with an emphasis in community college leadership from Oregon State University.
Rhonda currently lives in Greensboro, NC, with her husband Ray. They have four children Victoria, Miles, Valerie, and Wesley.