Darrel Williams appointed to CPCC Board of Trustees

last modified Oct 26, 2012 02:52 PM

Former Mecklenburg County Commissioner Darrel Williams has been appointed to the Central Piedmont Community College Board of Trustees. An appointee of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Board, Williams’ term as a CPCC Trustee runs through June 2016.

Williams, an architect, is a founding partner of Neighboring Concepts, a multidisciplinary design firm established in Charlotte in 1996. From 1994 to 2002, Williams served four terms as a Mecklenburg County Commissioner. He played a key role in the successful passage of bonds that allowed Mecklenburg County to acquire land for public facilities, such as schools, libraries, parks, greenways and open space, including the Little Sugar Creek Greenway.

“We are delighted Darrel Williams has been appointed to the CPCC Board of Trustees,” said Ralph Pitts, board chairman. “Darrel is a well-known authority on smart growth and sustainability. He will provide superb insight as our board plans for the future growth of CPCC.”

Williams is an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Institute of Architects (AIA), AIA North Carolina and AIA Charlotte, where he is a past president. He is a member of the National Council of Architectural Registration Board (NCARB) and is licensed to practice in several states. He currently serves on the boards of multiple civic organizations, including the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library Board of Trustees, where he is a past chair. Williams grew up in Baton Rouge, La., and he earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Southern University. He is married to District Court Judge Karen Eady-Williams.

“Darrel Williams, with his experience as a county commissioner and architect, will bring a unique perspective to the CPCC board,” said CPCC President Dr. Tony Zeiss. “In addition, he has a long record of public service that will help him identify with and adopt CPCC’s mission of student success and workforce development.”

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.