Blanford Barnard (B.B.) Dougherty (October 21, 1872-May 27, 1957) founded Watauga Academy in 1899 and served as the first president of Appalachian State Teachers College, now Appalachian State University. He received his bachelor's degree from Carson-Newman College in Tennessee in 1896 and began teaching at Hamilton Institute in 1892 and taught at Holly Springs College the following year. After completing his doctorate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1899, he and his brother Dauphin Disco formed Watauga Academy, the school that would eventually become Appalachian State University.
When Watauga Academy became a state-funded school for training teachers, Dougherty became co-principal and later superintendent of Appalachian State Training School. In 1925, he was named president of the Appalachian State Normal School and he continued as president when the school became Appalachian State Teachers' College. He served as president until his retirement in May 1955.
Dougherty served on the North Carolina State Textbook Commission, the State Board of Equalization, the State School Commission and the State Board of Education. From 1947 until 1957, he served as president of Northwestern Bank in Boone. He also was instrumental in bringing the first railroad to Boone.