Dr. Margaret Annunziata currently serves as the President of Isothermal Community College. In this role, she works collaboratively with community leaders to promote economic and social mobility for the residents of Rutherford and Polk Counties and the surrounding region in western North Carolina. Her strategic vision and commitment to providing equitable access, opportunities, and outcomes for students resonate in the college’s focus on increasing educational attainment, career advancement, and economic wellbeing for those whom the college serves.
Prior to joining the team at ICC, Dr. Annunziata served as Vice President of Academic Affairs at Davidson-Davie Community College. Leading an outstanding team of faculty and staff across curriculum and non-credit programs, Dr. Annunziata worked in collaboration with business and industry, K-12, and university partners to build and sustain opportunities for students to earn educational credentials and skills that positioned them for highly skilled, rewarding careers.
Dr. Annunziata also served the faculty, staff, students and communities of Davidson-Davie as a faculty member, director of student success and institutional assessment, coordinator of Continuing Education programs, and director of the campus child development center. She is a passionate advocate for educational access and equity, having led the College’s Achieving the Dream and Frontier Set initiatives and working with faculty to support teaching and learning in support of student success.
In 2018, Dr. Annunziata was one of eight community college representatives from across the U.S. selected by the French Embassy to meet with educational and economic development leaders in Paris to address global education and workforce development. In 2020, she was recognized by Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society with the Distinguished College Administrator Award and is an Aspen Rising Presidents’ Fellow.
Dr. Annunziata holds a doctorate in educational leadership from Wingate University, a master of science in human development & family studies from Auburn University, and a bachelors’ degree in psychology and economics from Bellarmine University. Margaret is grateful for the support of her husband, Ken, and their three children, Nicholas Michael, Sydney.