JAMESTOWN – Guilford Technical Community College has hired Laura Yannuzzi as division chair of Humanities and Social Sciences. As part of her role, Yannuzzi will provide strategic and innovative leadership in the design, implementation and continuous improvement of the Humanities and Social Sciences division.

“I feel honored to be the division chair of Humanities and Social Sciences at GTCC,” Yannuzzi said. “During my time in the North Carolina Community College System, GTCC has been regarded as a leader among its peers and continues to help drive positive changes for our students, our community and our state. The college has given me the opportunity to work with an incredibly talented and committed group of faculty. They empower our students and provide them with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in this complex world. To be able to work with these faculty at this specific institution is a dream come true!”

“Laura comes to us with a passion for leading her area of Humanities and Social Sciences as well as significant experience in critical college-wide processes,” said Beth Pitonzo, vice president of instruction at GTCC. “We are excited to have her join our leadership team!”

Yannuzzi has extensive experience in higher education and has worked in the N.C. Community College system for more than 10 years. Before coming to GTCC, she was senior assessment coordinator (2011-2014) at Forsyth Technical Community College, where she planned, designed and implemented comprehensive assessment systems for the college. She also served as assistant dean in the School of Arts, Science and Education (2009-2011) and department chair of Human Services (2006-2009) at Davidson County Community College.

Prior to these roles, Yannuzzi taught psychology at High Point University, Davidson County Community College and Forsyth Technical Community College. In addition, she’s been a facilitator for the North Carolina Community College Leadership Program since 2013.

Yannuzzi received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Marshall University, a master’s degree in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a doctorate in higher education and organizational change from Benedictine University.

A Texas native, Yannuzzi fell in love with North Carolina when she moved to the state to pursue her master’s degree. She resides in Winston-Salem, N.C. with her husband, Dave, and three children, Phillip, Brewer and Max. She’s also currently training for her first marathon.

Guilford Technical Community College is the third largest of 58 institutions in the NC Community College System. GTCC serves more than 40,000 students annually from four major campuses and three specialized centers. Learn more at