Dr. Patricia Mitchell, CEcD

Dr. Patricia Mitchell, CEcD joined the Department of Government and Justice Studies in January 2017 after a three year tenure as the Assistant Secretary for the NC Department of Commerce where she managed a number of incentive grant programs and planning initiatives to recruit and expand business and industry in rural towns and counties. She is the interim Director of the Master of Public Administration program. Dr. Mitchell served as the Secretary’s designee on the State Water Infrastructure Authority at the Department of Environmental Quality and was the Governor’s Alternate on the Appalachian Regional Commission, a 13-state/federal partnership.  Prior to her work at Commerce, she served nine years as the Director of Economic Development in Ashe County NC with two of those years as the Ashe County Manager. She has previously been an Assistant Professor in East Carolina University’s Master of Public Administration program and was an Adjunct Professor in Appalachian State’s MPA program. Dr. Mitchell earned her DPA and MPA degrees from the University of Georgia and she holds the Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) distinction from the University of Oklahoma’s College of Continuing Education and the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). She has a Certificate of County Administration from the UNC School of Government and maintains professional memberships in International Economic Development Council, International City/County Management Association, NC Economic Developers Association, and the American Society of Public Administration.

Areas of Expertise & Interest:
• State and Local Government
• Economic Development
• Public Management
• Budgeting
• Strategies for Rural Economic Development
• Public Policy Development & Implementation

• DPA University of Georgia (Athens GA)
• MPA University of Georgia (Athens GA)
• BA Berry College (Rome GA)
• CEcD Distinction / Certified Economic Developer Certificate from the University of Oklahoma College of Continuing Education and International Economic Development Council

Courses Taught:
• Economic Development
• Public Management
• Grant Strategies and Preparation
• Seminar on Public Administration
• NC Politics

Title: Interim MPA Program Director, Assistant Professor of Public Administration
Department: Department of Government and Justice Studies

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-6342

Fax: (828) 262-2947

Office address
352N Anne Belk Hall


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