Stephanie Tolbert, senior vice president for Enrollment Management, will be interim president of Louisburg College following the departure of President Mark La Branche in June.
Ms. Tolbert, an alumna whose leadership in enrollment has been a significant part of the college’s success, was the unanimous choice of the Board of Trustees to oversee the transition and search for a permanent replacement, said Mike Boddie, board chairman.
Dr. La Branche, who has been Louisburg College president since January 2009, announced last week that on July 1 he would assume the presidency of Martin Methodist College, a small, private four-year institution in Pulaski, Tenn.
Since 2002, Ms. Tolbert, who has twice led Louisburg College’s admissions and financial aid offices, has overseen an enrollment increase of 86 percent. Since 2009, enrollment has risen by 21 percent; grade-point averages have increased by a half-point; and the number of presidential scholars, with GPAs of 3.5 or higher, has increased fivefold.
Ms. Tolbert graduated from Louisburg College in 1997, receiving the Brantley Award for top grade-point average in her graduating class. She graduated cum laude from Meredith College and earned her MBA from East Carolina University. She and her husband, Chris Tolbert, assistant football coach and recruiting coordinator for the Hurricanes, met at the college. They live in Raleigh with their son, Jackson.
Ms. Tolbert will be a member of the presidential search committee, chaired by Trustee Steve Brooks. Boddie said the trustees hope to have a permanent president in place Jan. 1, 2018.