Dr. Darrin L. Hartness
Dr. Darrin L. Hartness has spent his entire career serving as an educator in North Carolina. He became the fourth president of Davidson County Community College in January 2019.
Prior to serving as college president, he spent 27 years in K-12 public education, most recently serving eleven years as superintendent of Davie County Schools and Mount Airy City Schools. His background also includes time spent as a teacher, principal, chief technology officer, assistant superintendent, and adjunct professor.
Dr. Hartness earned his doctoral degree in educational leadership and master’s degree in curriculum and instruction and instructional systems technology from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He earned his bachelor’s degree in industrial technology and secondary education from Appalachian State University.
Hartness was the recipient of the The William and Ida Friday Medal for Educational Innovation in 2017. He was also selected to be part of the 2019 Aspen Presidential Fellowship, a select group of community college leaders who are involved in an intensive, applied executive leadership program, delivered by The Aspen Institute in collaboration with the Stanford Educational Leadership Initiative.
He and his wife, Lisa, have been married for 31 years and are the proud parents of two daughters, Madison and Molly.
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 two children, Jay and Andy.
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.
Dr. Margaret Annunziata
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 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.
Dr. Susan Burleson
Dr. 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.
Dr. Burleson earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from N.C. State University, a Master of Arts in Psychology degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and an Ed.D in Adult and Community College Education from N.C. State University.
She and her husband, Wade D. Burleson, Jr., live in Lexington with their three children Cameron, Lucas, and Emily.
Dr. 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.
Dr. 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.
She currently lives in Greensboro, NC, with her husband Ray. They have four children Victoria, Miles, Valerie, and Wesley.