Dr. Patricia Mitchell
Dr. Patricia Mitchell was appointed the Assistant Secretary of the NC Department of Commerce in September 2013 where she manages the Rural Economic Development Division. Prior to joining Commerce, Pat was a local economic developer in Ashe County NC for nine years, and the County Manager for two years. Previously, she was a faculty member in the Graduate School at East Carolina University and remains an Adjunct Professor at NC State University, where she teaches online Public Policy courses, and at Appalachian State University where she teaches in the Master of Public Administration program. She holds the Certified Economic Developers Distinction from the International Economic Development Council.