CPCC’s Dr. Tony Zeiss Announces Retirement Plans

Dr. Tony Zeiss, president of Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) for 23 years, announced today his plans to retire at the end of July 2016. Dr. Tony Zeiss

“After more than two decades as president of Central Piedmont Community College, I have chosen to retire at the end of July 2016. Beth and I have been extraordinarily blessed by this wonderful community and the dedicated boards, faculty, staff, students and donors of CPCC,” Zeiss said. “We will continue to live in Charlotte and support many of its fine organizations, including the college.”

In December 1992, Zeiss became the third president of CPCC, one of the largest community colleges in the Carolinas, serving approximately 70,000 individuals per year. During his historic tenure, the college has grown from one campus to six and is highly regarded as a national leader in workforce development. Under Zeiss’ leadership, the college’s annual operating budget has grown from $46.7 million to $202.4 million.

During Zeiss’ presidency, Mecklenburg County voters approved multiple bond referendums to build new facilities at the college and expand its footprint across the county. The most recent referendum, approved in 2013 by more than 72 percent of the voters, brought $210 million to the college. The college’s facilities space has grown from 1.4 million square feet in 1993 to 3.36 million square feet today.

Since Zeiss came to the college in 1992, the CPCC Foundation has raised $122.1 million. The foundation completed its most recent campaign in 2013, which raised $63.8 million, perhaps a U.S. community college fundraising campaign record. The college celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013.

“Tony’s contributions to Central Piedmont Community College and Charlotte are immeasurable,” said Edwin A. Dalrymple, chair of the CPCC Board of Trustees. “In the 23 years since Tony became the President, CPCC has been transformed into a world class educational institution with a global reach. Tony’s leadership, his enthusiasm and drive will be greatly missed, but his retirement is well-deserved.”

Ralph A. Pitts, who joined the CPCC Board of Trustees in 1998 and served as chairman from 2004 to 2014, will lead the search committee tasked with finding a successor to Zeiss, Dalrymple added.

Zeiss holds a doctorate in community college administration from Nova University, a master’s degree in speech (radio and television), and a bachelor’s degree in speech education from Indiana State University. He has authored or co-authored numerous books on economic development, adult literacy, national workforce development and the U.S Civil War. His most recent publications include four books on creating high performance employees, a book on community college leadership, a tribute to John Montgomery Belk, and a novel on the American Revolutionary War.

Zeiss is a professional speaker and a frequent keynoter for companies and colleges on recruiting, developing and retaining peak performers at the workplace, and on fundraising. He regularly consults on workforce development and resource development.

“Tony Zeiss led CPCC to national prominence as a leader in workforce development. He has consistently demonstrated wisdom and integrity, and his vision and energy, both for the college and for our community, have left an indelible mark,” Pitts said.

Zeiss is past chair of the Board of the American Association of Community Colleges, past board chair for the League for Innovation, and was the Association of Community College Trustees’ National CEO of the year for 2004-2005. He serves on several local, regional and national boards, including Leadership NC, the Institute for Emerging Issues, and the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE). He is the chair of the Trail of History, the Little Sugar Creek Greenway Action Committee, and leads the Charlotte Region Global Initiative. He frequently serves as a workgroup member for the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Labor.

Zeiss is the recipient of the 2012 Whitney M. Young Humanitarian Award presented by the Urban League in March 2012; the 2012 Jack Callaghan Cornerstone Award presented by Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont; the 2012 UNC Charlotte Distinguished Service Award; and the 2012 National Leadership Award from the National Council for Continuing Education and Training (NCCET).

Zeiss and his wife, Beth, have two sons, a daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren.

CPCC Remembers Dr. Richard Hagemeyer

A Message from Dr. Tony Zeiss, CPCC President:

Dr. Richard Hagemeyer

Dr. Richard Hagemeyer

As you are probably aware, Central Piedmont Community College lost its founding president on December 26, 2012.  Dr. Richard Hagemeyer established the college in 1963 and led its development for twenty-three years.  His memorial service was held on Thursday at Myers Park Baptist Church, and Dr. David Hunter and I were honored to speak about this remarkable educator.  He was a giant in the early community college movement and cared deeply about career education and student development.  We have lost an extraordinary leader, but his legacy endures every time we help a student on his or her path toward career success and self-sufficiency. As we serve our students through the college’s fiftieth anniversary, let’s remember that we are privileged to do so based on the foundational values set by Dr. Hagemeyer and his initial CPCC faculty and staff.
To read his complete obituary, as listed in The Charlotte Observer, please click here.

President’s State of the Union Speech Recognizes CPCC

Here are links to some of the media coverage of President Obama’s State of the Union address, including his recognition of CPCC and our efforts to train dislocated workers such as Jackie Bray. Our strong partnerships with companies – including Siemens – further our efforts to become the national leader in workforce development.

Guest List for the First Lady’s Box at the State of the Union Address: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/01/24/guest-list-first-ladys-box-state-union-address

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