Dr. Patricia Mitchell, CEcD

Dr. Patricia Mitchell, CEcD  joined the Department of Government and Justice Studies in January 2017 after several years with local and state government. She previously was the Assistant Secretary for Rural Development at the NC Department of Commerce where she managed a number of state and federal incentive grant programs and planning initiatives. While at Commerce, Dr. Mitchell was 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 was an Assistant Professor in East Carolina University’s Master of Public Administration program and an Adjunct Professor in Appalachian State’s MPA program 2005-2014. Dr. Mitchell earned her DPA and MPA degrees from the University of Georgia and holds the Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) distinction from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). She is the current President of the NC Economic Development Association (NCEDA); holds a Certificate of County Administration from the UNC School of Government; maintains professional memberships in the International Economic Development Council, International City/County Management Association and the American Society of Public Administration. Dr. Mitchell currently is serving a 3-year term on UNC School of Government’s Foundation Board of Directors.

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: MPA Program Director, Assistant Professor of Public Administration
Department: mitchelljp@appstate.edu

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-6342

Fax: (828) 262-2947

Office address
351D Anne Belk Hall


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