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Leadership Team

President

Robert Wynegar

Dr. Robert Wynegar

Dr. Robert Wynegar previously served as the Vice President of Academic and Student affairs at Western Nevada College, where he provided strategic direction and operational support for the institution and led the creation of associate degree and certificate programs to support an emerging industrial base in rural northern Nevada.

He previously served as Dean of Associate of Arts at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Florida, and as Dean of Math and Sciences at Darton College in Albany, Georgia. His career in higher education began at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where he was a faculty member and Director of Developmental Mathematics. He has a proven record of creating programs that improve student access and success, particularly among traditionally underrepresented populations. He is well versed in fiscal affairs, with an extensive history of successful budget management and more than $26 million in external funding.

He holds a BS and MS in Mathematics from Tennessee Technological University, a MS in Industrial Engineering from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and an EdD in Curriculum and Instruction from Valdosta State University. As a first-generation college student, Dr. Wynegar has drawn upon personal experiences from almost 30 years in higher education to craft a leadership style that is inclusive, supportive and transparent, while emphasizing student success, faculty and staff development, and the community the college serves.


Dr. Evonne Carter

Dr. Evonne Carter joined College of The Albemarle (COA) in 2013.

Dr. Carter has worked in higher education for more than three decades as an Instructor, Curriculum Coordinator, Director, Dean and Campus Vice President. Currently, as the Vice President of Learning at COA, she oversees the smooth functioning and high quality of all the college’s academic programs, student academic support services and educational offerings in Curriculum and Continuing Education. She also oversees the Office of Planning, Research and Effectiveness. She is a proponent of Continuous Quality Improvement, data-informed decision making and stakeholder involvement.

Dr. Carter earned her PhD and master’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and her bachelor’s degree from Carroll University in Wisconsin.

Lynn Hurdle-Winslow

Lynn Hurdle-Winslow joined COA in 1988.

She has served the college in various roles on multiple campus locations during her 28 years of service. Hurdle-Winslow currently serves as the Vice President of Student Success and Enrollment Management. Prior to this promotion, she served as the dean of the Edenton-Chowan Campus for 19 years. Hurdle-Winslow has worked in student services, continuing education and basic skills. She has also served as interim dean of the Dare County Campus.

Hurdle-Winslow earned her BA from East Carolina University (ECU) with a major in Sociology and a minor in Political Science. She earned her MAEd from North Carolina State University in Counselor Education with a concentration in Student Personnel Work in Higher Education. She has post-graduate coursework in Educational Leadership from ECU.

Hurdle-Winslow and her husband, Mark, live in Hertford and have one daughter, Ali, who lives in Greenville, North Carolina.

Susan Gentry

Susan Gentry joined COA in 2012.

Gentry earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

She is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in the state of North Carolina.

Joseph Turner

Joseph Turner joined COA in 1985

Turner received his undergraduate degree from ECU and received his graduate degree from University of North Carolina at Greensboro, both in Business Administration. He is also a veteran, having served in the Air Force from 1971 through 1975.

In his 30 plus years with COA, Turner has served in a number of roles, including business and computer instructor, Department Chair for Business and Information Technology, Division Chair for Business, Engineering and Industrial Technology, Dean of the Dare County Campus, Interim Vice President for Learning, and Chief Operations Officer.

He and his wife, Ayako, live in Kill Devil Hills.

Timothy Sweeney

Tim Sweeney serves as dean on COA’s Dare County Campus.

Sweeney graduated from Old Dominion University with a Bachelor of Health Science and a Master of Administration and Supervision.

He previously served as the Director of Basic and Transitional Studies at COA. He has been with COA since 2011 after a 36-year career as a high school principal in Newport News, Virginia.

He and his wife Claudia have two children and five grandchildren. They reside in Southern Shores, North Carolina.

Wendy Brickhouse

Wendy Brickhouse joined COA in 1988.

In 1987, Brickhouse graduated from COA with her Associate in Applied Science, and one year later was hired in the college’s business office.

Her own professional path at her alma mater has also continued to evolve. A year after starting in the business office, Brickhouse transferred to a job in COA’s Foundation office, as secretary for development and planning. In 1991, Brickhouse decided to continue her college education. In 1993, she earned her Bachelor of Business Administration from Elizabeth City State University. That same year, Brickhouse was named COA’s Personnel Manager and two years later in 1995, she became the Director of Human Resources – a position she still holds today.

Bonnye Hart

Bonnye Hart joined COA in 2018 and brings 15 years of professional experience with expertise in communications, marketing and customer relations.

Previously, Hart held management positions in both the private and public sector. She served as outreach manager in Bangkok, Thailand at the U.S. Agency for International Development where she earned an honor award for excellence from the U.S. Ambassador for her programmatic work across 19 countries in Asia. She then managed global communications for the nonprofit MTV EXIT (End Exploitation and Trafficking) Foundation generating more than $5 million in earned media to raise awareness of the organizations cause. Most recently, Hart led the customer success and digital engagement services division of software company Granicus in Washington, DC, overseeing more than 4,000 federal, state and local government customers.

“My professional success is directly due to the strong community college foundation I received, as an undergraduate. I’m honored to partner with area advocates to advance the COA Foundation’s mission to help students in our seven-county service area to access a transformative experience like I had,” said Hart.

Hart holds a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from Texas State University.

Hart and her family lived in Elizabeth City in 2008 and she is excited to return to the area.