Office of the President
Mikota Biography – March 2020
Dr. Michael Mikota became Central Carolina Technical College’s eighth president on July 17, 2017. Since his arrival, Mikota has greatly enhanced the value of the college to current students, future students and approximately 20,000 alumni who predominately live and work in the midlands of South Carolina with specific concentrations in Clarendon, Kershaw, Lee and Sumter counties. Central Carolina Technical College has been an engine for growth and development for this region that has provided an economic impact of more than $1 billion during the past decade.
Under Mikota’s leadership, Central Carolina Technical College has expanded offerings, constructed new campuses, advanced new strategic initiatives, improved graduation and retention rates, optimized academic and workforce development programs, enhanced marketing and branding, dedicated investments to faculty and staff and launched the college’s first major fundraising campaign. With the development and implementation of the new strategic plan for 2020-2025, the college is positioned to greatly impact the future and improve the quality of life for thousands of South Carolinians for many years to come.
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.
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, 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, 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 ranges across many disciplines including political economy, economics, public policy, regulatory analysis, organizational dynamics and environmental and natural resource policy, Mikota has been widely recognized as an author, co-author, and orator of diverse scholarly and applied topics. These topics range from 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.
Mikota currently serves as the chairman of the South Carolina Technical College System Council of Presidents, he is a member of the South Carolina Workforce Development Board, the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education Council of Presidents and the Shaw-Sumter Community Council. Mikota 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, the Furman Diversity Leaders Institute and Prisma Health’s Tuomey Fellows Program.
Mikota resides in Sumter, South Carolina with his wife and three children.