CPCC names inaugural Tony and Beth Zeiss Award recipients

last modified May 07, 2014 09:36 AM

Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) will present Dr. Tracie Clark, an instructor of communication, and Dr. Cathey Ross, assistant to the vice president for learning and workforce development, with the inaugural Tony and Beth Zeiss Award at the college’s spring commencement ceremony on May 15 at Bojangles’ Coliseum.

The Tony and Beth Zeiss Award recognizes a CPCC faculty and staff member whose efforts to support student success have been particularly extraordinary during the past year.

Dr. Tracie Clark, CPCC Faculty Member

Dr. Tracie Clark has been a member of the CPCC family for 13 years. During that time, she has taught communications classes and served the college by participating in committees focused on academic advising and awareness, institutional effectiveness, faculty and staff development, and academic policies.

While her passion lies in teaching, Dr. Clark has chaired the college’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) committee for the past three years. The QEP is a key component of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) review process. It requires each college to develop a topic that enhances student success within its community. Clark successfully championed the college’s QEP process, contributing to CPCC’s student success efforts by enhancing student support and fostering strategic and ongoing communication among students, faculty and staff.

Dr. Cathey Ross, CPCC Staff Member

Dr. Cathey Ross came to CPCC in 1999 as an instructor of communication after teaching for more than 20 years at other institutions. Since 2009, she has served as an administrator in the college’s Learning Unit and has supported the college’s faculty while leading efforts in general education, curriculum management and planning graduation.

Most recently she spearheaded the College’s SACSCOC accreditation process, successfully guiding the college toward a 10-year reaccreditation. SACSCOC is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states.

“We’re excited to grant the first Tony and Beth Zeiss Award to Tracie and Cathey,” said Dr. Tony Zeiss, CPCC president. “Their efforts over the past year have significantly contributed to the success of both the college and its students. Thanks to their leadership, CPCC may continue its journey toward being the leader in workforce development and providing a quality and affordable education to all.”

To learn more about CPCC, please visit www.cpcc.edu.