John D. Gossett, EdD

John D. Gossett, EdD

New President of A-B Tech, John D. Gossett, EdD

John D. Gossett, EdD
John D. Gossett, EdD

Gossett officially took office as A-B Tech’s seventh president on July 1.

John D. Gossett, EdD, was most recently president of McDowell Technical Community College in Marion since 2016.

His 32-year career in higher education began as a Business Administration instructor and department chair at Mayland Community College. He also served Mayland as Assistant Vice President for Academic Services, Associate Vice President for Workforce Development, Director of Research and Planning, and Vice President of Student Development.

He joined McDowell Tech in 2012 as Vice President for Learning and Student Services. Gossett also has served on numerous local, regional and statewide boards and committees in support of community college education and economic development initiatives. His professional interests include community and small business development, as well as leadership development for staff and students.

Gossett holds a BS in Marketing from the University of Tennessee, an MBA from Appalachian State University, and an EdD in Adult and Community College Education from North Carolina State University. His doctoral dissertation focused on the role of community colleges in economic development.

He and his wife Julie are the proud parents of four adult children, two daughters-in-law and one grandson.

About A-B Tech Community College

Founded in 1959 in the heart of Asheville, A-B Tech is the largest higher education institution in Western North Carolina, serving more than 23,000 students a year in Buncombe and Madison counties. One of 58 community colleges in the NC Community College System, A-B Tech offers more than 120 degrees, diplomas and certificates, as well as a wide range of workforce training and continuing education programs.

Now celebrating its 60th year, A-B Tech includes the main Asheville campus, A-B Tech Enka (home of the A-B Tech Small Business Center and Business Incubation Program, Craft Beverage Institute of the Southeast and N.C. BioNetwork), A-B Tech Madison, A-B Tech South, and A-B Tech Woodfin.

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