National Archives Month, Week 4 – Dr. Tony Zeiss

October 25, 2016

The last installment of our Archives Month celebration posts honors CPCC President, Dr. Paul Anthony Zeiss.

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Twenty-four years ago, at a time when the College needed to focus on carving a new path, the CPCC Board of Trustees announced its decision for the new College president. Dr. Paul Anthony (Tony) Zeiss was the ideal candidate for many reasons; for starters, his dynamic educational background in radio/television, speech education, and community college administration enabled him to focus on the needs of students, staff, faculty and administration simultaneously. In addition, his background combined with his tenacity to “get down to business,” enabled Dr. Zeiss to transform CPCC into a model for community colleges that it is known for today.

Within his first six months, Dr. Zeiss worked with the college administration to implement a series of innovative changes such as the creation of a job placement facility and Academic Learning Facility for students, as well as enacting an affirmative action plan as a way to track job placement rates of minority students. When he first started in the fall of 1992, the College did not have any of these plans in place. What was in place, however, were plans for campus expansion – these plans would not come to fruition until Dr. Zeiss’s arrival. Over the past two decades under Dr. Zeiss’s leadership, Central Piedmont Community College has grown from one campus to six (serving over 70,000 students a year!) and has become recognized as a national leader in Workforce Development and innovative global initiatives.

In 2017, Central Piedmont Community College will welcome its new president, Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer. With her experience, knowledge, and skill-sets as President of College of the Albemarle, we very much look forward to the initiatives that she will put forth and the history she will make as our College’s fourth President. For more information on Dr. Zeiss, please visit the CPCC Homepage: http://www.cpcc.edu/president/about as well as the CPCC Archives. Below are photos showcasing some of Dr. Zeiss’s achievements over the years, Thank you, Dr. Zeiss!

 

Dr. Zeiss speaking at the Ground Breaking Ceremony of the Southwest Campus in 1999. The Southwest Campus was renamed the Harper Campus in 2004.

Dr. Zeiss speaking at the Ground Breaking Ceremony of the Southwest Campus in 1999. The Southwest Campus was renamed the Harper Campus in 2004.

 

Dr. Zeiss during his presentation at the 2001 Fall Conference.

Dr. Zeiss during his presentation to faculty and staff at the 2001 Fall Conference.

 

From left to right are Dr. Zeiss,

From left to right are Dr. Zeiss, Robert L. Taylor, Bill Disher, and Richard Hagemeyer. This photo was taken during the Taylor Hall Dedication in early 1990s. Taylor Hall now known as the Worrell Building.

 

Dr. Tony Zeiss and his wife, Beth.

Dr. Tony Zeiss and his wife, Beth, at the Newcomen Society Annual Dinner in 2002.

 

Levine Technology Center Opening.

Levine Technology Center Opening Ceremony, 2007

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