Welcome from the PresidentWelcome from the President

Welcome from the President

You have opened a portal to excitement and opportunity! As the highest mountaintop campus in the eastern United States, Lees-McRae College is an outdoor enthusiast's dream. Our campus is over 400 acres of forests, rivers, lakes and fields, at the convergence of Grandfather, Beech, and Sugar Mountains. Nearby are Pisgah and Cherokee National Forests and the Linville Gorge Wilderness Area. The campus' natural ecosystems are some of the most diverse and beautiful in the world and serve as laboratories for study in many disciplines. The area is a spectacular setting for outdoor challenges: road and mountain bicycling, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, kayaking, hiking, camping, fly-fishing, and snowboarding/skiing.

The academic and service programs are equally challenging and diverse. Our faculty is totally dedicated to your individual growth and success. Think 14 students to one professor and no graduate teaching assistants. This is personal, face-to-face, mind-to-mind education. Experts in their chosen fields, our faculty are committed to the notion that learning can cross the boundaries of academic disciplines and that the best learning takes place person-to-person, in a community where you are valued for who you are. Our passion is to help you learn the lessons of a lifetime and prepare for the profession that is in your future.

Lees-McRae is also the home of champion intercollegiate sports. The Bobcats have won national championships and are perennial Conference Carolinas champions in NCAA Division II. We believe that a healthy body is a beautiful thing and contributes to a healthy mind. Our 17 athletic teams enjoy state-of-the-art athletic training labs and are led by award-winning coaches. If you are an athlete who thrives on competition, you will be right at home.

I hope this information will spark your interest and lead to a visit to our beautiful campus. Once you visit Banner Elk and meet our students, faculty, and staff, I think you will understand why we love Lees-McRae College.

Barry M. Buxton, President