Welcome! Read about College of The Albemarle’s (COA) leadership team.
Dr. Jack Bagwell, President
Dr. Jack Bagwell formerly served as the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Piedmont Technical College (PTC) in Greenwood, South Carolina. In his role at PTC, he directly supervised three associate vice presidents and five deans. His areas of responsibility included academic programming; economic development and continuing education; institutional assessment and compliance; and oversight of the college’s seven-county campuses.
Dr. Bagwell earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in biology from Winthrop University and completed his Ph.D. in educational studies with a specialization in educational leadership and higher education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
In his 28 years as a community college educator, he has amassed a broad experience set through the positions held within the colleges he has served and through service to the communities in which the colleges are located.
Dr. Bagwell and his wife Leigh Ann have three children and one grandchild.
President’s Leadership Team
Dr. Evonne Carter
Dr. Evonne Carter joined 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.
Dr. Dean Roughton
Dr. Roughton has worked in higher education for more than two decades and has been employed with COA since 2006. First hired as an English instructor, Dr. Roughton has also served as a department chair, division chair, and most recently as Dean, Arts and Sciences for the past six years. In his new role, Dr. Roughton will oversee the College’s research and data division, as well as the information technology department. His duties will include conducting evaluations of the effectiveness of all campus programs and departments and overseeing college-wide strategic planning and assessment. He will also serve as the College’s liaison to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), the College’s regional accreditation agency.
Dr. Roughton earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Community College Leadership from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA; a Master of Arts in English from North Carolina State University in Raleigh; and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. In addition to degrees earned, Dr. Roughton completed the North Carolina Community College System Leadership Program in 2014 and was named a Fulbright Scholar by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in 2018.
Kris Burris joined COA in 2020.
Ms. Burris joins COA with a significant background in the South Carolina Technical College System. Previously, she served in a number of positions at Piedmont Technical College in Greenwood, South Carolina including adjunct instructor, Director of Student Support Services programs and Director of Dual Enrollment. In her vice president role at COA, Ms. Burris will provide leadership and oversight for admissions and financial aid, student recruitment and engagement, student life and leadership, enrollment services, advising, career services and secondary education.
Ms. Burris earned an educational specialist degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Converse College, a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Wofford College, and an Associate in Science from Spartanburg Methodist College. She is presently seeking a graduate certificate in Higher Education Leadership from the University of South Carolina.
James (Jim) Davison joined COA in 2020.
Jim has been in education for the last 8 years, starting as the Director of Maintenance for Perquimans County Public Schools. He has over 15 years of project management experience and over 30 years of maintenance experience. Jim served in the US Navy from 1989 until 2001 as an engineer. He is a certified Facilities Engineering Manager along with other certifications dealing with Project Management, Safety, and Maintenance. Currently, Jim is the State of North Carolina Capital Projects Manager for the College.
He has held the position of Professional Firefighter for the City of Suffolk, Virginia, Facility Manager and Safety Director for a large casino/resort in the midwest, Director of Maintenance, Construction and Custodial Services for Perquimans County Schools, Director of Maintenance for the College and now the Chief Operations Officer.
Ella Fields Bunch
Ella Fields Bunch joined COA in 2019.
Ella Fields Bunch serves as COA’s Director of Human Resources. She was formerly an adjunct professor for Beaufort County Community College for five years, teaching on the main campus and on the campus of Mattamuskeet Schools. Prior to her higher education experience, Mrs. Bunch worked for North Carolina K-12 Public Schools for the past 20 years in progressively responsible positions within the Human Resources Department serving as Chief Human Resource Officer, Human Resources Director and Personnel Administrator. Early in Ms. Bunch’s career, she worked for 10+ years with the North Carolina Public Health System and private hospitals as a Health Education Coordinator.
Ms. Bunch is responsible for providing strategic leadership and direction for the college’s human resource management function including planning, integrating, and implementing human resource programs and policies, and talent and leadership development. Her office handles the day-to-day management and strategic planning and initiatives of key human resource functions, including employee recruitment, benefits, position classification, compensation, employee relations, training and development and HR information systems.
Ms. Bunch earned her masters of science in administration from Central Michigan University located in Mount Pleasant, Michigan and a Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in School Health from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina.
Tim Sweeney serves as dean at COA – Dare.
Mr. 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 College and Career Readiness 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.