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A-B Tech names new president
Wednesday, 01 April 2020 11:55

From Staff Reports

Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College announced March 19 that John D. Gossett, Ed.D., has been named the college’s seventh president. 

Gossett currently serves as president of McDowell Technical Community College in Marion.

Gossett, 57, succeeds Dennis King, who retired Jan. 31. Gossett was selected on March 9 by the A-B Tech Board of Trustees from a pool of more than 60 candidates and three finalists. In accordance with state law, his appointment subsequently was approved March 19by the N.C. State Board of Community Colleges.

Gossett’s start date is July 1. Interim President Joseph Barwick began Feb. 1 and will continue in the role until June 30.

“We’re excited to welcome a sitting North Carolina community college president of Dr. Gossett’s caliber to A-B Tech,” said Board of Trustees Chair John Parham Jr., M.D. “His stellar experience and lifetime of connections to Western North Carolina and East Tennessee will serve us well. He has served in many leadership positions in community colleges, has been a successful advocate for his colleges and the community college system, and he understands what A-B Tech needs to be on the leading edge of education in the 21st century.”

“Dr Gossett’s 32 years in the North Carolina Community College System will serve our college well as we continue to provide excellent educational services to Buncombe and Madison counties and beyond,” said Board of Trustees Vice Chair Roger Metcalf.

Gossett was selected following an extensive search process that began last June, said Past Board of Trustees Chair Joe Brumit, who also helped lead the college’s 2014 presidential search.

“As a board, this is one of the most important decisions we can make on behalf of A-B Tech,” Brumit said. “It has been one of the most thorough processes I have ever been engaged in, and I’m confident that we found the right person in Dr. Gossett to lead A-B Tech and our community.”


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