The 1960s were a time of exceptional growth for Central Piedmont Community College. The first seeds of CPCC were planted on July 1, 1963, when the North Carolina General Assembly passed the Community College Act. Under this bill, Mecklenburg College and the Central Industrial Education Center, which was housed in the Central High building, would be merged to form one institution.

The College, which wouldn’t be named CPCC until later that year, had to combine two campuses, two faculties and two student bodies into one brand-new school. This new institution needed a leader, and in September 1963 Dr. Richard Hagemeyer was unanimously selected to be the school’s first president. Over the next seven years, Dr. Hagemeyer and his new staff faced many challenges in their mission to serve the students of CPCC, but met all of them with creativity and innovation.

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