CPCC honors Dr. Mel Gay during special tree planting ceremony

last modified Nov 15, 2011 02:57 PM
CPCC honors Dr. Mel Gay during special tree planting ceremony

Dr. Mel Gay

CPCC today honored Dr. Mel Gay, associate vice president of Student Services for CPCC, by planting a tree in his honor to recognize his 40-plus years of service to the College. During the ceremony, CPCC faculty, staff and students had an opportunity to thank Dr. Gay for his many contributions to the College.

Dr. Gay began working for CPCC in 1969 as a counselor, advising students on their career objectives and goals. Since that time, he has held a variety of leadership roles at CPCC, including Director of Counseling Services, Vice President of Student Development, Dean of Student Development and Associate Vice President for Student Services, a role he has held since 2001.

Much of Dr. Gay’s career has focused on the study of developmental disabilities. As a result he has spearheaded several special projects/grants that assist this demographic, including the U.S. Department of Education’s Postsecondary Education Consortium for the Hearing-Impaired, Learning Disabilities Consortium, Learning Disabilities Model Education Program and Consortium, and Student Support Services for the Disadvantaged.

During his tenure at CPCC, he has been recognized for numerous CPCC awards including the 1993 “Administrator of the Year Award for Excellence” and the 2010 “Innovation of the Year Award.” He is an active member of the community, serving on the Board of Directors for Charlotte’s International House, Goodwill Industries and National Kidney Foundation of North Carolina; an established writer; an accomplished speaker; and most importantly a dedicated husband and father.