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Tony Zeiss, president of Central Piedmont Community College in North Carolina, says he will retire in July

The Charlotte Observer February 18, 2016

Central Piedmont Community College president Tony Zeiss to retire in July

Tony Zeiss, who transformed the face and expanded the mission of Central Piedmont Community College, announced Thursday that he’ll retire in July after nearly a quarter-century as its president.

Since taking over in 1992, the Indiana native led the college through a period of unprecedented growth.

To keep step with an expanding economy, it grew from one campus to six and became a national leader in workforce development that now serves 70,000 students, about double from when he started.

Zeiss, 70, said he’d originally planned on leaving a few years ago. “But gosh,” he said, “there were just so many things going on.”

“I have mixed emotions,” he said. “But to all things there is a season.”

Over the past decade, CPCC has undergone a face-lift. It shed drab stucco facades for red brick. New, classically designed buildings rose on its main campus on Elizabeth Avenue.
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