Rhett Brown became the 10th president of Wingate University on June 1, 2015. He earned a bachelor’s in English from Wingate College, received his MBA from Wingate University, and completed the work for his Doctor of Education (EdD) at the University of Alabama. A veteran of Operation Desert Storm, where he served with Seabees from the U.S. Navy Reserve, Rhett is actively involved in the local community. He and his family are members of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Monroe. He also gives his time to the Advisory Council for Atrium Health — Union, the Monroe Union County Economic Development Board of Advisors, the Board of Directors’ Executive Committee for North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities, North Carolina Campus Engagement’s Executive Board, and United Way of Greater Charlotte’s Board of Directors. Rhett and his wife, Nicci Chen Brown, have lived in Union County for more than 28 years. They have two children, Isabelle and Wyatt.