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Leadership Team

Leadership Team

Welcome! Read about College of The Albemarle’s (COA) leadership team.

Dr. Jack Bagwell, President

President Dr. Jack BagwellDr. Jack Bagwell formally 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 six-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.


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.

Michelle Waters

Robin Zinsmeister

Dr. Dean Roughton

Timothy Sweeney

Tim Sweeney serves as dean at COA – Dare.

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.

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Amy Alcocer

Amy Alcocer has worked in higher education since 2014 serving as the Special Assistant to the Chancellor, Interim Admissions Director and Director of Community Relations for Elizabeth City State University as well as Special Assistant to the Provost at Norfolk State University. Alcocer started at COA in 2017 as the Public Information Officer and brings three years experience working with nonprofits as the Membership and Events Director of the Elizabeth City Area Chamber of Commerce and as the Event and Development Coordinator for the Old Baldy Foundation. Prior to her higher education and nonprofit experience, she was an insurance agent for five years in Moyock, North Carolina with Nationwide and Bankers Insurance.

Alcocer has a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from Elizabeth City State University, an Associates in Arts from Alpena Community College and is due to graduate with her MBA November 2020 from Fayetteville State University.