CPCC Names Chris Paynter Dean of STEM-S
Central Piedmont Community College has promoted veteran faculty member Chris Paynter to Dean of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Sustainability (STEM-S).
In his new position, Paynter is responsible for the leadership and operations of general education and technical instruction in the college’s 21 STEM-S-related degree programs.
“Chris Paynter brings a background in international outreach, sustainability, energy, and curriculum development to the dean role, making him an excellent choice for this strategic leadership position,” said Richard Zollinger, vice president for learning at CPCC. “Our STEM-S programs provide the training necessary to fill many of the skills gaps Mecklenburg County employers face in meeting their workforce needs.”
Paynter came to CPCC in 2006 as the chair of the Geospatial Technology program. In 2009, he became an academic division director, overseeing the Geospatial Technology, Surveying Technology and Sustainability Technologies programs and CPCC’s Center for Sustainability. He took on added responsibilities as associate dean of STEM-S in 2010. Prior to CPCC, he was a geographic information systems (GIS) and earth sciences teaching assistant at UNC Charlotte.
Paynter earned a bachelor’s degree in political science at North Carolina State University and a master’s degree in geography at UNC Charlotte. Having traveled widely to more than 30 countries, he lived three years in Singapore before moving to Charlotte, where he attended CPCC as a transfer student. Paynter and his wife, Carrie, reside in Charlotte.
Paynter has participated in Mecklenburg County GIS Day, Charlotte Clean and Green, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Creek ReLeaf program, and the Historic Mapping Congress.
Central Piedmont Community College is the largest community college in North Carolina, offering close to 300 degree and certification programs, customized corporate training, market-focused continuing education, and special interest classes. CPCC is academically, financially and geographically accessible to all citizens of Mecklenburg County. In 2002, the National Alliance of Business named CPCC the Community College of the Year for its response to the workforce and technology needs of local employers and job seekers through innovative educational and training strategies.