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Previous Wingate Presidents

Charles Beach (1923-1924)

Joseph Huff (1924-1930)

Coy Muckle (1930-1936)

J.B. Little (1936-1937)

C.C. Burris (1937-1953)

Budd Smith (1953-1974)

Thomas Corts (1974-1983)

Paul Corts (1983-1991)

Jerry McGee (1992-2015)

Rhett Brown (2015-Present)


Rhett Brown, 54, became the 10th president of Wingate University on June 1, 2015.

He earned a BA in English from Wingate College, received his MBA from Wingate University, and completed the work for his Doctor of Education (Ed.D) at the University of Alabama. 

A veteran of Operation Desert Storm, where he served with Seabees from the U.S. Navy Reserve, Rhett is actively involved in the local community. He and his family are members of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Monroe, where Rhett currently serves as one of nine vestry members. 

He also gives his time to the Advisory Council for Atrium Health – Union, the Monroe Union County Economic Development Board of Advisors, and Union County’s United Way Board of Directors.
Rhett and his wife, Nicci Chen Brown, have lived in Union County for 25 years. They have two children: Isabelle, 16, a junior at Central Academy of Technology and Arts (CATA) in Monroe, and Wyatt, 18, a recent CATA graduate who is in the Gap Program at American University.