CCTC names Dr. Michael Mikota as new President

Sumter, SC – Central Carolina Technical College’s Area Commission has selected Dr. Michael Mikota to serve as CCTC’s new President, effective July 17, 2017. “I am deeply honored to be selected president of Central Carolina Technical College.  As I think about the humbling responsibility that has been entrusted to me, I begin to recognize the great strengths of excellence, integrity, innovation and leadership already imbedded in the communities that are served by the college as well as in the institution itself.  Thus, I realize that the ‘I’ becomes a ‘we,’ and I am very excited to think of the work we will do together to develop and enhance the foundation for personal growth, economic development, and an improved quality of life.” Mikota replaces the Interim President Terry Booth who will return to her position as vice president for business affairs. Central Carolina Technical College Area Commission Chairman Mac Summers says, “The Area Commission is confident that Dr. Mikota is the right person to lead the college to greater heights.”

Prior to joining CCTC, Dr. Mikota served as 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. As executive director, he developed, implemented and governed the successful delivery of policy directives and consulting services by local, state, and federal governments with maximum accountability, efficiency and effectiveness.

Dr. Mikota is a native of Gaffney, South Carolina and holds a bachelor’s degree from Wofford College and a M.B.A. 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.

Prior to becoming executive director at Santee-Lynches Regional Council of Governments, 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.

Dr. Mikota resides in Sumter, South Carolina with his wife Camila and two daughters, Cecilia and Penelope.

Central Carolina Technical College is a comprehensive, public, two-year institution of higher education that is dedicated to fostering a positive environment of teaching and learning for faculty, staff and students. The college serves primarily the region of Clarendon, Kershaw, Lee and Sumter counties in South Carolina and confers associate degrees, diplomas and certificates. Central Carolina Technical College students have a wide array of programs and services from which to choose. Our online programming and cooperative agreements with other colleges and universities provide students with exceptional opportunities coupled with our more traditional learning opportunities. Learn more: