CVCC President Named to Entrepreneurship Board

The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) recently announced the appointment of Dr. Garrett D. Hinshaw, president of Catawba Valley Community College, to its board of directors.

Hinshaw and five others were named by NACCE President and CEO Rebecca Corbin at NACCE’s recent national conference in Houston.

Working with Gary Muller, dean of the School of Business, Industry & Technology, Hinshaw has made career enhancement opportunities and entrepreneurial education available to students through participation in NACCE events. Those events include a Student FastPitch Competition and hosting a one-day training session to promote the growth of entrepreneurship education.

Hinshaw’s long-term goal is to weave entrepreneurial thinking throughout every college degree as well as add a business component to technical programs. This will allow graduates to more easily become business owners or work for small to medium size businesses.

Before Hinshaw became the third president of CVCC in 2006, he served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute in Hudson. He has served in numerous progressively more responsible leadership roles in the North Carolina Community College Systems since 1992.

He earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree at Appalachian State University and a doctorate in Adult and Community College Education at North Carolina State University. He serves on numerous economic development, higher education and community boards.

 He and his wife, Beth, have three children and one grandchild and live in Hickory.


NACCE is the nation’s leading organization focused on promoting entrepreneurship through community colleges. Comprised of educators, administrators, presidents and entrepreneurs, it is focused on inciting entrepreneurship in the community and on campus.

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