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Leadership Team


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.

Vice President, Learning

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.

Vice President, Student Success and Enrollment Management

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.

Chief Financial Officer

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.

Chief Operating Officer

Joseph Turner

Joseph Turner joined College of The Albemarle in 1985

Joe 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, Joe 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.

Dean, Dare County Campus

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.

Director, Human Resources

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.

Executive Director, Foundation and Development

Lisa Johnson

Lisa Johnson joined COA in December 2001.

Johnson came to COA after nine years of work as the sales and marketing director in the private sector for Hockmeyer Equipment Corporation and five years with the North Carolina Federal Job Training Partnership Program as their executive director. She also previously worked for COA for three years at their ABLE Center.

Johnson graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree at Elizabeth City State University in Business Administration with a concentration in Management. She is also an alum of COA where she graduated with an Associate in Arts in Business Administration.

Lisa and her husband Andy live in Elizabeth City and have two active sons, David and Eric.

Executive Assistant to the President

Jenna Hatfield