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Rhett Brown tapped as 10th Wingate University president

20 March 2015

From the Enquirer Journal

Wingate University didn’t have to go far to find its 10th president. On Wednesday, the University named Rhett Brown, Wingate’s current Vice President for Student Life and Enrollment Services, as its next leader. Brown is a two-time graduate of Wingate. He takes over for Jerry E. McGee who’s retiring in May after a record 23 years at the school. McGee is the longest-service college president in North Carolina.
 
“I am both deeply humbled and tremendously excited,” said Brown, 49, at a mid-morning news conference at Wingate’s Ballantyne campus in south Charlotte. “I would like to thank President McGee for his years of visionary leadership to my alma mater. He has left a profound legacy, and I look forward to building on his great work.”
 
Brown has 26 years of experience in higher education. At Wingate, he’s served in numerous roles before being named in 2009 to his current position overseeing admissions, student life and marketing.
 
“Dr. Brown has been a highly respected member of Wingate University’s senior leadership team for many years,” said Dr. McGee. “I am confident the University will enjoy continued success during his tenure.”
 
During Brown’s time at Wingate:
·         Undergraduate enrollment jumped 65 percent in ten years.
·         Net operating revenue from undergraduate enrollment increased while individual student indebtedness decreased.
·         The institutional marketing brand “Major in a Great Life” was launched.
 
Brown grew up in Pelion, South Carolina southwest of Columbia. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Wingate in 1989 and his MBA in 2001. He earned his Doctor of Education degree from the University of Alabama. Brown also served eight years in the U.S. Naval Reserve. He spent active duty in Operation Desert Storm and served in Saudi Arabia in 1990-91 during the first Persian Gulf War.
 
Brown’s wife, Nicci, is a graduate of The University of the South and UNC Charlotte. She currently services as registrar, coordinator of institutional research and adjunct instructor at Wingate University. The couple lives in Monroe, N.C. and has two children.
 
Brown was selected after a nationwide search with more than 200 candidates being considered for the position. He will take over as president on June 1, 2015.

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