Dr. Mary E. Rittling

Mary Rittling CroppedPresident
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 close to 17,000 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.

She and her husband, Jim, live in Thomasville and have three grown daughters and four grandchildren.

Dr. Kim Sepich

Vice President, Student Affairs
Dr. Kim Sepich joined the DCCC staff in September 2003 as Coordinator, Learning Assistance Center. Her roles at the College have included Director, Admissions and Retention; Associate Dean, Enrollment Services; and Dean, Student Services and Enrollment Management.

Prior to her service at DCCC, Sepich served six years at Forsyth Technical Community College.

Sepich earned the Bachelor of Science degree in Dance Education from East Carolina University. She completed the Master of Arts in Student Development and Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership degrees at Appalachian State University.

She and her husband, Bryan, live in Winston-Salem.

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.

Rusty Hunt

Vice President, Financial and Administrative Services
Rusty Hunt has served in a financial services function at DCCC since April 2001. Previously, he served as Director, Financial Services and Dean, Financial and Administrative Services at the College.

Prior to coming to DCCC, Hunt worked at Pallet Resources of NC Inc., in Lexington, Carlyle & Company Jewelers, Inc., in Greensboro, Turlington & Company, LLP, in Lexington, and Ernst & Young, LLP, in Winston-Salem.

Hunt earned the Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and the Master of Business Administration degree from Liberty University.

He and his wife, Kim, live in Lexington and have two children, Jotham and Madison.

Terri Poindexter Smith

Executive Director, Marketing and Communications
Terri Poindexter Smith joined the DCCC staff in April 2012.

Prior to coming to the College, Poindexter Smith was owner/founder of TEMA Smith, Inc., a consulting company specializing in marketing and public relations. Her previous experience was with Wax Custom Communications of Miami as editor of Humana Active Outlook Magazine and at The Bloom Agency in Winston-Salem as Director of Strategic Development.

Smith taught high school English with the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools and anthropology and psychology at the University of Richmond. She earned the Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Virginia Wesleyan College and the Master of Arts degree in Communications from Wake Forest University.

She and her husband, Tim, live in High Point. Their son, Michael, and wife Amy, have one  daughter, Ashlynn Pippa. 

Jeannine Woody

Vice President, Academic Programs and Services
Jeannine Woody joined the DCCC staff in 1996 as a member of the Associate Degree Nursing faculty. She has also served as Department Chair, Nursing, and as Associate Dean and Dean, School of Health, Wellness, and Public Safety.

Woody’s previous work experience includes Cone Hospital Intensive Care Nursery; Guilford County Public Health; Dr. Dean McPhail, OB GYN office; and Hospice of Randolph, Vice President of Clinical Services. She served eight years as a nursing instructor, then Nursing Program Director at Randolph Community College.

Woody earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Nursing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

She and her husband, James Woody, live in High Point and have a daughter, Brianne and a son Travis.

Susan Burleson

Susan BurlesonExecutive Director, Research, Planning & Innovation

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.