NACCE 2013 Keynote Speakers
Dr. Garrett D. Hinshaw
President, Catawba Valley Community College
"Creating the best community college in America" were the first words spoken to faculty and staff upon the arrival of the third president of Catawba Valley Community College in the fall of 2006.
Since his arrival, he has begun the process of demonstrating that these aren’t just words. Under the leadership of Dr. Hinshaw: CVCC has increased external resources through fundraising, grants, and additional state and local support; was selected as one of only three colleges nationwide to serve as a pilot for entrepreneurial growth by the Kauffman Foundation; has embarked on a journey that included the creation of a new strategic plan; has restructured and expanded the Manufacturing Solutions Center (MSC) and led the transition of the Center to a research and development operation including a business incubator; has evolved into a "student facing" college; has opened the 28,000 sq. ft. CVCC ValleySim Hospital (the largest healthcare simulation environment east of the Mississippi), and has created the Corporate Development Center to serve business and industry in the region. The college has established a new image in the community and has positioned itself as a leader in redefining the region’s economy.
Became third president of Catawba Valley Community College, Hickory, NC, August 1, 2006.
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute, Hudson, NC, 2004-2006.
Vice President for Student Services, Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute, Hudson, NC, 2002-2004.
Dean of Student Services, Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute, Hudson, NC, 2000-2002.
Dean of Corporate and Continuing Education, Surry Community College, Dobson, NC,
Director of Occupational Extension, Surry Community College, Dobson, NC, 1992-1996.
Coordinator/Instructor of Occupational Extension, Surry Community College, Dobson, NC, 1990-1992.
Educational Doctorate, Adult and Community College Education, North Carolina State University, 2004.
Master of Arts, Higher Education Administration, Appalachian State University, 1996.
Bachelor of Science, Appalachian State University, 1990.
Community College Leadership Institute Certificate, 1994.
ACCLAIM Certificate, North Carolina State University, 1997.
Future Presidents’ Institute Certificate, Hockaday and Hunter, 2003.
Catawba County Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors
At the National level, NJCAA, Presidential Representative Committee
At the State level, Vice Chair of the North Carolina Community College Presidents’ Association, Chair of the Performance Funding Committee, Chair of the Curriculum Program Application Review Committee
Small Business Technology and Development Center Board of Directors, Appalachian State University
North Carolina Campus Compact, Executive Committee
Catawba County United Way Board
CVCC Alexander Center Advisory Board
YMCA of the Catawba Valley Board
Past Professional Associations
Commission on Colleges, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) On-Site Review Committee Chair (various colleges)
Eastern Regional Competency Based Education Commission Board
Chair, Catawba County Chamber of Commerce
Chair, North Carolina Student Development Administrators Association
Awards & Accomplishments
2013Appalachian State University Rhododendron Society Inductee
2013Catawba County Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Community Leadership Award
2013 Served as a Panel Member on "Disruptive Leadership” at the AACC-WDI in San Diego, California.
2013Accepted presenter for the ACCT Leadership Congress, The Value Proposition for Community College Athletics, Seattle, Washington.
2011 Participated in Mountain State University’s Charles H. Polk School of Leadership and Professional Development as a featured speaker. The conference theme was, "Leading Self With Character.”
2011 – Served on the Leaders Panel at Northeast State Community College, Blountville, TN.
2010 Creator of Education Matters, a partnership connecting education, business, and government to increase the value of education in the region and create a culture in our community where "dropping out of school is no longer an option”.
2010 Received the IE Ready Distinguished Leadership Award from NC State University .
2010 Recipient of the Outstanding Service Award to the African-American Community At the
Multicultural Celebration in Honor of Black History
2008 Panelist for the Southeastern US Economic Development Summit, New Orleans, LA
2003 Colleague of the Year, Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute
Wife, Beth; daughter Jordan, 23; son Garrison, 14, daughter Addie 6 yrs.