Margie Orell


“My job is not just the library, my job is information…my job is student success.” Margery Orell began her employment at Central Piedmont Community College as a part-time employee in 1978 and became employed full-time in 1988. Margery has a BA in English and a Masters in Librarianship. Margery is very involved in activities that help CPCC become more learning-centered. These activities include SNAP accounts and The Learning Fellows. Margery has also taken the initiative to place artwork and plants in the Northeast Campus Library to make it a more inviting and interesting place for students. Margery has never said, “It’s not my job.” She is a tireless student advocate and is quick to respond if she feels that student needs are not being met.

The Single Network Access Pass or SNAP is designed to provide our students with a way to access secure online services at CPCC. Margery works with members of our ITS Department to change the verbiage on the SNAP website so it is more user-friendly. She has also spent countless hours creating a “postcard” with the necessary steps that a student must take in order to access their SNAP account. The card is available to faculty and staff who have direct contact with students.

Margery is an “inaugural” member of the Learning Fellows Committee.  provides faculty and professional staff the opportunity to pursue research with a clear benefit to the college. Margery has been instrumental in developing the website and getting the program up and running.

Margery shares her personal artwork by bringing in different pieces that communicate the wonderful diversity of CPCC. She believes that this helps make all of our students feel welcome and respected. This personal touch certainly helps create an “inviting” environment which is part of the philosophy behind the Learning Centered College.