Mitchell Community College Board of Trustees Names Dr. James T. Brewer as Next President

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Mitchell Community College Board of Trustees names Dr. James T. Brewer as next president

The Mitchell Community College Board of Trustees has announced the appointment of Dr. James T. “Tim” Brewer as its next president. Brewer is currently the executive vice president and chief academic officer at Mitchell. The vote took place at the Board’s January 25 meeting following a recommendation from the College’s Search Committee. Three finalists visited the campus last week and met with the Search Committee, Board members, faculty, staff, and representatives from the community.

“The Board and Search Committee were very impressed with the high-caliber of candidates who applied,” said Dr. Ralph Bentley, chairman for the Board of Trustees. “The three finalists had excellent credentials and all noted Mitchell’s long-standing reputation for excellence in education as a reason for applying.”

Brewer came to Mitchell in 2005 as vice president for instruction with primary responsibilities for academic programs, institutional effectiveness, institutional and program accreditation, and library services. He served as a member of the President’s Council and as SACS liaison throughout the College accreditation process.

Prior to his service at Mitchell, Brewer was executive director of the State Board of Community Colleges where he led the senior administrative staff in all matters related to the State Board of Community Colleges, a 21-member board consisting of individuals appointed by the Governor, Senate, and House. In addition he worked as executive assistant to Martin Lancaster, then president of the North Carolina Community College System.

Brewer began his community college career as an instructor of agriculture and natural resources at Wayne Community College in Goldsboro. That experience led him to pursue a career in community college administration.
He received a doctorate in Education, Higher Education Administration, Adult and Community College Education, and a master’s degree in Recreation Resources from North Carolina State University. He received a bachelor’s degree in Recreation Administration from Mars Hill College.

Brewer is originally from in Carey, NC. He and his wife Shannon live in Mooresville and have two children.
“Brewer has done an outstanding job at Mitchell and has demonstrated that he is ready for this role,” said Bentley. “He has led our SACS accreditation process; brought innovative contextual teaching and learning to the classroom; grown our distance learning offerings; and is leading technology initiatives for faculty and students.”

The Board’s selection of Brewer will be forwarded to the State Board of Community Colleges and is expected to be formally approved at the State Board’s next meeting.

Brewer’s appointment follows a nationwide search that began after Dr. Douglas Eason announced plans to retire on March 1, 2012 after serving nearly 22 years as president.

Capital Development Services of Winston-Salem, NC served as the Board’s consulting firm. “We are very pleased with the work Capital did for us on our search,” said Bentley. “They did an excellent job of screening candidates and moving the process along.”

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