“College of The Albemarle has made, and continues to make transformative differences in the lives of thousands of individuals since 1961. Every day, our faculty and staff, board members and community leaders work to ensure COA continues to be a premier institution that delivers on its promises to engage with, invest in, and transform our students, communities and stakeholders. We are proud to serve northeastern North Carolina and to be the catalyst for our students’ success.” — Dr. Robert Wynegar, President, College of The Albemarle
Name: College of The Albemarle
President: Robert Glenn Wynegar
City: Elizabeth City
Campus Setting: Town, Distant
Year Established: 1961
Governing Board Website
Student Characteristics based on Fall 2016 IPEDS data
|2016 Fall Credit Enrollment
African American: 16%
- College of The Albemarle boasts four instructional locations dispersed across a 1,875 square mile service area covering northeastern North Carolina. With seven counties within its service area, COA serves more counties than any other community college in the state.
- In 2004 COA partnered with the YMCA of South Hampton Roads to build a shared-use facility that serves as a YMCA and home to COA’s healthcare programs. This year COA partnered with the YMCA to operate a golf course, pool, and dining facility that were donated to the college.
- In April 2014, College of The Albemarle and Currituck County received the North Carolina Community College System’s Distinguished Partners in Excellence Award for construction of the Regional Aviation and Technical Training Center. COA is currently partnering with Currituck County to construct a joint-use public safety operations and training center.
- The College of The Albemarle was chartered on December 16, 1960, making it the oldest of the 58 public community colleges in North Carolina.