Dr. Beth Stewart has been appointed Vice President of Instructional Services at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College.
She will replace Dr. Melissa Quinley, who is retiring at the end of the fall semester.
A native of Hot Springs National Park, Ark., Stewart joined A-B Tech in 2011 as Dean of Arts and Sciences. She has a bachelor’s degree from Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Ark., a master’s degree from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas and a doctorate in education from Vanderbilt University. She is also a certified chief instructor by the Southeastern Kenpo Karate Jujitsu Association. She was selected as staff member of the year for the college by her peers.
“Dr. Stewart has earned the respect and admiration of her colleagues and employees through her supportive leadership abilities and innovative thinking,” said A-B Tech President Dennis King. “She has long been an advocate of data-driven decision making to lead to continuous improvement. I have witnessed Beth dedicate herself to serving as an intentional, thoughtful change leader that leaves a positive, lasting impact on the entire college.”
“One of my top duties will be to serve my colleagues and our students. Whether it is removing barriers to student success, securing additional resources for faculty, or helping deans deal with difficulties in their jobs, my most satisfying days are those in which I can make someone’s life easier. Enabling the success of our students is my greatest reward,” Stewart said.
About A-B Tech
One of 58 colleges in the North Carolina Community College System, A-B Tech offers associate degrees, diplomas and certificates in more than 60 curriculum programs through its five academic divisions: Allied Health and Public Service Education, Arts and Sciences, Business and Hospitality Education, Emergency Services and Engineering and Applied Technology. The Division of Economic and Workforce Development/Continuing Education offers opportunities for workforce partnerships, specific job training and retraining, as well as personal enrichment classes. A-B Tech enrolls more than 25,000 curriculum and continuing education students in programs at its Asheville, Enka, Madison, South, Woodfin and Goodwill locations.