About the President

Dr. Zeiss holds a doctorate in community college administration from Nova University, a master’s degree in speech (radio and television), and a bachelor’s degree in speech education from Indiana State University.  In 1992, Dr. Zeiss became the third president of Central Piedmont Community College, one of the largest community colleges in North Carolina, serving approximately 70,000 students per year.  During his tenure, the college has grown from one campus to six and has become recognized as a national leader in Workforce Development.   Dr. Zeiss has authored or co-authored several books on economic development, adult literacy, national workforce development and the Civil War.  His most recent publications include four books on creating high performance employees, a book on community college leadership, a tribute to John Montgomery Belk, and a novel on the Revolutionary War.

Dr. Zeiss is a professional speaker and a frequent keynoter for companies and colleges on recruiting, developing, and retaining peak performers at the workplace, and on fundraising.  He regularly consults on workforce development and resource development.

Dr. Zeiss is past chair of the Board of the American Association of Community Colleges, past Board Chair for the League for Innovation, and was the Association of Community College Trustees’ National CEO of the year for 2004-2005.

Dr. Zeiss serves on several local, regional and national boards, including Leadership NC, the Institute for Emerging Issues, and the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE).  He is the Chair of the Trail of History and the Little Sugar Creek Greenway Action Committee. He frequently serves as a workgroup member for the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Labor.

Dr. Zeiss is the recipient of the 2012 Whitney M. Young Humanitarian Award presented by the Urban League on March 23, 2012; the 2012 Jack Callaghan Cornerstone Award presented by Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont on May 24; 2012; the 2012 UNC Charlotte Distinguished Service Award on May 30, 2012; and the 2012 National Leadership Award from the National Council for Continuing Education and Training (NCCET).

Dr. Zeiss and his wife, Beth, have two sons, a daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren.