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The Office of Advancement is located in the Alumni House at the corner of Banner Road and College Drive (310 Banner Road is the GPS Address). Parking is available for Alumni House guests during the business day along Banner Road and in the Banner Elk United Methodist Church parking lot along College Drive. The Alumni House is host to not only Lees-McRae alumni, but also College friends, families, employees and the local community.

Brent Thomas ’85

Vice President of Advancement

Phone:  828.898.8777
Fax:      828.898.8820

Frankie Needham

Frankie Needham ’55H

Director for Advancement Services

Phone:  828.898.8763
Fax:      828.898.8820

Frankie maintains the accuracy of the College’s donor database, processes all donations, and provides reporting to support all alumni and development efforts. She has served Lees-McRae College advancement and alumni relations in a variety of capacities during her 42-year tenure.

Michelle Scott

Michelle Vance Scott ’86 ’90

Director of Development

Phone:  828.898.2489
Fax:      828.898.8820

Michelle leads all aspects of the College’s Annual Giving program including direct mail campaigns, phone-a-thon, and the Class Agent program.  She is also responsible for managing Bobcat Club giving and the annual Employee Campaign. Michelle is a third generation local alumna, and she has served the College as an employee for 14 years.


Diane Blanks

Grants Manager

Phone:  828.898.8704
Fax:      828.898.8820