Dr. Paul Anthony (Tony) Zeiss
Third President of Central Piedmont, 1992-2016
How Did We Help Students Conquer Possibilities?
On December 1, 1992, Dr. Zeiss began his first day as the third president of Central Piedmont. He sought to provide institutional renewal and develop a new vision for the college for the twenty-first century. Within his first year, Dr. Zeiss and his administration put forth the following projects:
10-year Master Plan – “Building the Future” helped expand to multi-campus institution, engage business and industry more directly; campaign to promote CP’s corporate training and technical, transfer, and literacy education; utilize technology to advance educational delivery; support statewide transfer to semester system
Creation of Job Placement Office, Student Career Center, Affirmative Action Plan, & Academic Learning Center
Implementation of new semester system (1998)
Between 1990 and 2002, Central Piedmont had grown from one campus to six, as well as three educational centers, and a virtual campus with online offerings. What started as a small satellite locations during the Hagemeyer and Shaw years, Dr. Zeiss was able to expand upon the efforts for expanding throughout the county.
1994 – New vision statement: “As Charlotte’s premier workforce development resource, CPCC intends to become the national leader in workforce development.”
2002 – Central Piedmont selected as a Newcomen Society honoree for its performance as a national leader in workforce development
2004 - President George W. Bush visits CPCC on April 5 to announce national workforce development initiatives; he addressed a crowd of 600.
Updated IT needs – campus-wide email and web access (started in early 90s); addition of CPCC-TV to Cablevision programming (2010)
Partnership between Ryder and CPCC is announced
First online courses delivered and “smart classrooms” created
Creation of Applied Baccalaureate Degree
New degree programs:
Medical lab tech (1994), applied business program collaboration with Belmont Abbey College (2005); Mechatronics (2006); Emergency medical science (2014) global logistics and distribution management (2015), Biomedical Equipment Tech (2015), transfer degree – Associates in Engineering
Revitalized campus image
Redesign of “look and feel” of campuses (red brick opposed to stucco)
Labs: Trane Lab, Flexography Lab, Hendrick Automotive Lab, Criminal Justice Lab, Crowder Construction Institute, Levine IT Lab, Van Every Culinary Arts Center.
Theatres/Centers: Halton, Overcash, Harris Conference Center.