The College initially was administered by the Asheville City Board of Education. Following the creation of the North Carolina Community College System, control passed to an independent Board of Trustees that is appointed by the Governor, Buncombe and Madison County Commission, and Asheville City/Buncombe County Boards of Education.

From the beginning, prominent Asheville and Buncombe County business and community leaders have helped to guide the College. In addition, each academic program has an advisory committee comprised of local professionals. Several hundred local citizens provide guidance for the educational programs of the College.