The Wingate University Board of Trustees launched a national search for the 10th president of Wingate University in April 2014 after Dr. Jerry E. McGee announced his plans to retire in May 2015.

Dr. McGee served the institution a record 23 years. He is the longest-serving college president in North Carolina.

Wingate University conducted the search with the help of Myers McRae, a Macon, GA-based executive search and consulting firm.

The university hosted two days of listening sessions on September 15-16, 2014 for input from the students, faculty, staff and members of the community in order to develop a profile for the next president.

Nearly 200 candidates applied for the position.

Four finalists were selected by the 15-member presidential search committee, which was appointed by the Board of Trustees. The candidates were interviewed in March 2015.

On March 18, 2015, the university announced the selection of Dr. T. Rhett Brown as Wingate University’s 10th president. Prior to being named president, Brown served as Vice President for Student Life and Enrollment Services for Wingate University. He has 26 years’ experience in higher education.