CPCC awards Dr. Kathy Drumm its 2014 Distinguished Service Award
Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) will present Dr. Kathy Drumm, executive vice president for CPCC, with the 2014 Distinguished Service Award at the college’s spring commencement ceremony on May 15 at Bojangles’ Coliseum. This is the first time a CPCC employee has won the award, an honor that recognizes an individual whose service and leadership have greatly benefitted the college and Charlotte-Mecklenburg region.
Drumm came to CPCC in 1994 from Gaston College. During her tenure at CPCC, she has made a significant impact, overseeing the college’s multi-campus strategic expansion. As a result, she has planned, organized and directed the facilities services, construction and information technology services for one of the largest community colleges in the state.
“CPCC has been fortunate to benefit from Kathy’s strong leadership, strategic thinking and facilities planning over the past 20 years,” said Dr. Tony Zeiss, CPCC president. “She is one of the most respected leaders with whom I have had the pleasure of working, and I will miss her kind heart, quick sense of humor and sharp mind when she retires next month.”
Drumm’s contributions to CPCC extend beyond the institution’s brick and mortar. She is responsible for the development of the CPCC Services Corp., a division that supports entrepreneurialism among CPCC faculty and staff members by investing start-up funds to launch innovative projects and business ventures that align with the college’s goals.
She has also played key leadership roles in the CPCC Foundation’s successful capital campaigns, as well as state and local bond campaigns totaling more than $614 million in facilities and construction funding.
Drumm is a cum laude graduate of Belmont Abbey College, where she earned a bachelor in arts degree in accounting. She also holds an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a doctorate in business administration and accounting from Nova Southeastern University.
She is a seasoned teacher, presenter and writer who has extensive experience in the higher education sector, and has given lectures on such important topics as community college funding, accounting system management and understanding the high school transition process.
She has received numerous awards during her career, including “Top 25 Area Businesswoman Award” by The Charlotte Business Journal, and has served as a board member for the Mt. Holly ABC Board, the United Way, CaroMont Health – Gaston Memorial Hospital and the State Employees Credit Union.
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