Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer chosen to be next CPCC president
Central Piedmont Community College’s (CPCC) Board of Trustees has chosen Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer to be the college’s fourth president. She will succeed Dr. Tony Zeiss, who has been the CPCC president for 24 years. Deitemeyer will begin her tenure at CPCC in early January 2017.
Deitemeyer is the current president of College of The Albemarle based in Elizabeth City, N.C. She was one of approximately 40 individuals from around the country who applied to become CPCC’s next president. As one of five finalists, she interviewed with the trustees, toured the Central Campus and participated in a candidate forum in late August.
Born and raised in Florida, Deitemeyer’s career path began at Polk Community College, where she graduated with an associate in arts. From there, she went on to earn a bachelor of mass communications and public relations, a master of counselor education and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of South Florida.
Her career has spanned 24 years in higher education, with 22 of those serving community colleges in North Carolina, Kentucky and Florida. She has served as president of College of The Albemarle since 2010.
“The board of trustees is excited that we have attracted and recruited such a high-energy and insightful person as Dr. Deitemeyer to take over the reins at CPCC,” said Edwin A. Dalrymple Jr., chairman of the CPCC board. “We have the utmost appreciation and gratitude for all Dr. Tony Zeiss has achieved during his presidency. We know Dr. Deitemeyer will build upon the college’s legacy of dynamic leadership and its vital role of being an economic engine and workforce provider for Mecklenburg County.”
Deitemeyer came to College of The Albemarle from Davidson County Community College in Thomasville, N.C., where she served as vice president of academic programs and services. Prior to that, she served as the college provost for Gateway Community and Technical College in Covington, Ky.; as vice president of student services and dean of student services at Sandhills Community College in Pinehurst, N.C.; and in multiple administrative roles at the University of South Florida in Lakeland and Polk Community College in Winter Haven, Fla.
“I am extremely excited and feel so privileged to be joining Central Piedmont Community College,” Deitemeyer said. “CPCC is an exceptional institution which is recognized nationally for its commitment to student success, workforce development and innovative practices. I consider it an honor and a privilege to be asked to serve and look forward to working with the board, leadership team, faculty and staff, and community as we continue to build upon the great achievements of the college.”
Zeiss announced his plans to retire from the college in February. In December 1992, he became the third president of CPCC, one of the largest colleges in the Carolinas, now serving approximately 70,000 individuals per year. During his historic tenure, the college has grown from one campus to six and is highly regarded as a national leader in workforce development. Under Zeiss’ leadership, the college’s annual operating budget has grown from $46.7 million to approximately $200 million.
“I am very pleased the board has chosen a seasoned and highly experienced president to lead CPCC into the future,” Zeiss said. “I’ve known Dr. Deitemeyer as a colleague in the North Carolina Community College System for several years. I’m confident she will do a great job for the college and the community.”