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Dr. J. Michael Bitzer, Provost


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Welcome to Catawba College! As the chief academic officer, I hope that you have found an academic program at Catawba that is both a personal interest of yours as well as one that will challenge you for your future. 

As a faculty member at Catawba since 2002, I recognize the value that our institution gives to helping prepare Catawba students to reach their highest potential, and that starts with the first line of our mission statement: that we will provide an education "rich in personal attention that blends the knowledge and competencies of liberal studies with career preparation."

In today's working environment, employers are seeking college graduates who excel in key areas: communication skills, critical thinking, analytical problem-solving, and leadership and team work.  It is our faculty's mission to provide academic programs that prepare Catawba students not just for their first job after graduation, but for the job that our graduates will retire from. 

Dr. J. Michael Bitzer serves as Catawba College's provost. Bitzer, a professor of politics and history who formerly served as chair of the Department of History and Politics at Catawba, joined the faculty in 2002.

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Contact Information

Office of the Provost
hone: (704) 637-4466 or (704) 637-4428
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Dr. J. Michael Bitzer
, Provost
B.A., Erskine College; M.A., Clemson University; Ph.D., School of Public and International Affairs, The University of Georgia

Dr. Steven J. Coggin
, Associate Provost
B.S., Florida State University; Ph.D., University of Georgia

Kimberly A. Smith, Coordinator of Academic Affairs & Assistant to the Provost
B.S., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Ann Loudin-Clifton, Administrative Assistant for Academic Affairs