Ralph Pitts will serve as CPCC graduation speaker

last modified Mar 24, 2014 09:30 AM
Ralph Pitts will serve as CPCC graduation speaker

Ralph Pitts

Ralph Pitts, executive vice president and general counsel of Belk Inc., and chair of the Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) Board of Trustees, will serve as the college’s 2014 graduation speaker.

Pitts will address CPCC’s 2014 graduates at the May 15 ceremony, planned for 4 p.m., at the Bojangles’ Coliseum, in Charlotte. The college anticipates as many as 1,000 students will graduate in May, with approximately 700 participating in the ceremony.

Pitts has served Belk as general counsel since 1995. Prior to that, he was a partner in the King and Spalding law firm in Atlanta. He has served on the CPCC Board of Trustees since 1998 and as its chair since 2004. His community service includes serving on the executive board of the Boy Scouts of America, Mecklenburg Council since 1997 and as council president from 2005-2007. He also serves as chair of the elder board of Church at Charlotte.

Born in Newton, N.C., Pitts is an Eagle Scout and a graduate of Newton-Conover High School, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Harvard Law School. He is married to the former Lynn Bonner, and they have five adult children.

“We are pleased and honored to have Ralph Pitts as our 2014 graduation speaker,” said Dr. Tony Zeiss, CPCC president. “Ralph has served on and led the college’s Board of Trustees with distinction for more than 15 years. He loves this college and our students. He will have meaningful and memorable words for our graduates and their families.”