Office of the President
Dr. Michael Mikota became Central Carolina Technical College’s eighth president on July 17, 2017. Since his arrival, Dr. Mikota has focused on developing four major areas that will serve as catalysts for future growth and success of the college: a dedication to learning and building relationships with the people that make up the college (and ultimately make the college successful); a focus on growing relationships with K-12 education in Clarendon, Kershaw, Lee and Sumter counties; a focus on growing relationships with research universities and other four-year granting universities and colleges; and a focus on working with economic developers and the business community to better streamline curriculum to match the current and future needs of the economy.
Dr. Mikota is a native of Gaffney, South Carolina and holds a bachelor’s degree from Wofford College and a Master of Business Administration from Gardner-Webb University. During the late 1990s and early 2000s, he worked for Wachovia Bank in multiple capacities, working his way up to assistant vice president of business banking.
Dr. Mikota holds a Ph.D. from Clemson University in policy studies. As a student at Clemson he served as President of the Graduate Student Body and as a National Fellow with the U.S. Government serving as a key innovator in Water Quality Trading and Wetlands Banking. As a staff member at Clemson he served as a Watershed Policy Director, an adjunct professor in the College of Engineering and Science and as a lecturer in the Master of Public Administration program.
After his tenure at Clemson University, Dr. Mikota served as an analyst and senior analyst for the U.S. Government Accountability Office in Washington, D.C., where he conducted numerous audits and assessed programs for the Comptroller General of the United States.
Prior to serving as President of Central Carolina Technical College, Dr. Mikota was the executive director of the Santee-Lynches Regional Council of Governments, a regional association of county and city governments in South Carolina that include Clarendon, Kershaw, Lee and Sumter Counties and the corresponding cities of Manning, Camden, Bishopville and Sumter.
With experience and expertise that range across many disciplines including political economy, economics, public policy, regulatory analysis, organizational dynamics, and environmental and natural resource policy, Dr. Mikota has been widely recognized as an author, co-author, and orator of diverse scholarly and applied topics as varied as economic impact analysis, environmental economics, financial regulation, economic development, and fiscal impact analysis. In recent years, he has focused on the nexus between higher education and the economy with a specific interest in expanding student opportunity, catalyzing academic innovation, and encouraging civic engagement and service to society.
Dr. Mikota currently serves as a member of the South Carolina Workforce Development Board and the Shaw-Sumter Community Council and has previously served on a variety of economic, community, and education development boards and committees. He is also a graduate of the Shaw Air Force Base Honorary Commander Program and the Furman Diversity Leaders Institute.
Dr. Mikota resides in Sumter, South Carolina with his wife Camila and two daughters, Cecilia and Penelope.