CPCC selects Tamara Williams to lead Merancas Campus
Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) has chosen Tamara Williams as the next dean of the Merancas Campus located in Huntersville. She will begin her responsibilities as the academic and administrative leader of the Merancas Campus and CPCC’s Public Safety and Transport Technologies programs on July 1. She succeeds Beverly Dickson, who is retiring.
Williams comes to CPCC from the Charlotte School of Law and its Center for Professional Development. Before coming to North Carolina, Williams served as associate vice provost, interim vice provost, and dean of academic affairs at Owens Community College in Toledo, Ohio. While at Owens Community College, she was responsible for planning and implementing a comprehensive enrollment management plan focused on student success and developmental education completion. She secured $2.5 million in external grants to assist the college in its student retention efforts and developing learning communities for career programs.
Her previous experience also includes working as dean of career programs at Wayne County Community College in Detroit and at the University of Toledo as director of cooperative education and diversity. She brings more than 14 years of experience in higher education administration to CPCC’s Merancas Campus.
“We are excited to welcome Tamara Williams to our academic team and look forward to the many contributions she will make to the Merancas Campus and its programs and various initiatives in support of student success at CPCC,” said Richard Zollinger, CPCC vice president for learning and workforce development. “She comes to the college with solid experience and an impressive record of leading academic and student services departments.”
Williams is completing work at the University of Toledo toward a doctorate of philosophy degree in higher education administration. She holds a master’s degree in higher education and a bachelor’s degree in communications from Toledo. She, her husband and their two daughters live in Cornelius.
Founded in 1996 as CPCC’s first suburban campus, the Merancas Campus serves approximately 11,425 full- and part-time students. Merancas Campus offers a diverse selection of programs and classes, including associate degree and diploma programs in Automotive Service Technology, Collision Repair, Heavy Equipment and Transport Technology, Criminal Justice, and Fire Protection Technology. Merancas is the home of CPCC’s Carolina CAT Service Technician and General Motors Automotive Service Education programs, as well as basic law enforcement, forensics, and emergency medical technician (EMT) training and courses offered through the American Academy of Applied Forensics.
Students wanting to transfer to a four-year university can take general education courses in English, math, reading, communications, sociology and history at Merancas. General Education Development (GED) and adult basic learning (ABL) courses and a variety of continuing education and personal interest classes also are offered at Merancas.
Central Piedmont Community College is one of the largest community colleges in the Carolinas, offering nearly 300 degree, diploma 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. Established in 1963, CPCC is celebrating 50 years of service to Mecklenburg County residents, business and industry.