Principal - Dr. Donna Lanahan
Bonnie Johnston
Principal - Dr. Donna Lanahan

"It is an honor to serve as principal of Buncombe County Early College and to lead this unique and vibrant school community,” Dr. Lanahan said. “I look forward to working with the exceptional faculty and staff, and I share their commitment to powerful teaching and learning, to our mission, and to our students." This assignment was unanimously approved by Board members.
Bonnie and Husband
Principal Dr. Lanahan and her family.

Most recently, Dr. Lanahan served as the Dean of Students at the School of Inquiry and Life Sciences (SILSA) in Asheville City and previously worked as an instructional coach with North Carolina New Schools (2013-16), the director of the BCS Graduation Initiative (2006-12), a coordinator at the Buncombe County Early College (2004-06), an English/Social Studies teacher at the Buncombe County Middle College (2002-04), and as an English teacher at Clyde A. Erwin High School (1998-2002). Dr. Lanahan has a BA in Literature from UNC-A (1997), an MA in Education from Wake Forest University (1999), an MA in Educational Leadership from Western Governor’s University (2016), and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy from Vanderbilt University (2012).

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