CPCC dedicates building in honor of Tommy Norman

last modified Oct 05, 2016 02:30 PM

Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) dedicated one of its administrative buildings in honor of Thomas E. (Tommy) Norman, past president of the CPCC Foundation Board of Directors, on Sept. 21.

The college dedicated the building, located along Charlottetowne Ave., in Charlotte, on CPCC’s Central Campus, in recognition of Norman’s almost 30 years of enhancing the educational and career training opportunities for the citizens of Mecklenburg County as a CPCC Foundation board member.

Norman joined the Foundation’s board in 1986. He was elected president in 2002 and served in this capacity through 2015. During his tenure as president, the Foundation’s assets more than tripled and two of the largest fundraising campaigns in the community college history were completed, including CPCC’s ambitious “Legacy and Promise” campaign, a five-year effort that surpassed its $30-million goal, raising $63.8 million to support the education and career training needs of the local community.

The building, now known as the Thomas E. Norman Building, served as the site of the 10 a.m., dedication ceremony. Those speaking during the ceremony included Dr. Tony Zeiss, CPCC president; Ed Dalrymple, chair of the CPCC Board of Trustees; Joseph F. Hallow III, vice president of the CPCC Foundation Board of Directors; and Norman.

“This is truly a well-deserved honor for Tommy,” said Hallow. “The Foundation has been most fortunate to have him as a director and leader for three decades. He embodies the term ‘servant-leader,’ and his commitment to the college and its students are remarkable and inspiring.

The Norman building is home to the college’s office of government relations and grants, internal audit and institutional research – all important components of the college’s operations.