Rhett Brown was installed Thursday as Wingate University’s 10th president.
Brown took over for Jerry McGee on June 1, 2015. On Thursday, McGee presented Brown with the presidential medallion during an installation ceremony that is the highlight of Inauguration Week.
Brown is the first graduate of Wingate University to become president of the school. He graduated in 1989 with a bachelor’s degree in English and in 2001 with a master of business administration.
Brown has held numerous positions at Wingate since graduation, starting his career by launching the student service organization UCAN. He was most recently vice president for student life and enrollment services.
“I think all of you know I care about this place deeply, and have since I first arrived as a transfer student in August 1986 -- just shy of 30 years ago,” Brown said during his installation speech.
“Leading my alma mater is the privilege of a lifetime and an honor that I could not have conceived of in the furthest reaches of my young, 21-year-old imagination all those years back,” Brown said.