Leadership NC honors Dr. Tony Zeiss

last modified Aug 28, 2014 09:30 AM
Leadership NC honors Dr. Tony Zeiss

Dr. Tony Zeiss

Leadership North Carolina (LNC) recently honored Dr. Tony Zeiss, president of Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC), for his service as chair of the LNC Board of Directors, during the graduation ceremony of LNC Class XXI, held in the Old House Chamber of the North Carolina State Capitol. Zeiss completed his two-year term as the chair of the LNC Board on June 30.

Leadership North Carolina is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that engages current and emerging leaders from across the state through the LNC program and ongoing networking and service opportunities. Each year, LNC recruits committed individuals interested in learning more about their state and connecting with fellow leaders. Through innovative programming, LNC teaches these engaged citizens about the challenges and opportunities facing North Carolina and offers tools to turn their knowledge into action for the benefit of the state.

During the Class XXI graduation ceremony, Chip Hagan, a founding member of the LNC Board of Directors and fellow LNC Class I alumnus of Zeiss, thanked him for his leadership and made a presentation in appreciation of his service. Hagan also presented Zeiss with a United States flag, flown over the United States Capitol, and shared a statement read into the U.S. Congressional Record by Sen. Kay Hagan.

Sen. Hagan’s statement said in part, “As a fellow parent and grandparent, I am grateful for the example Dr. Zeiss has set for young people and the opportunities he has provided through the gifts of education and leadership. He is the embodiment of our state’s motto ‘Esse Quam Videri, to be rather than to seem,’ and I ask all my colleagues to join me in thanking Dr. Tony Zeiss for his service to North Carolina.”

Zeiss came to North Carolina in 1992 to become president of CPCC. In January 2012, during his State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama held up the partnership between CPCC and Siemens Energy as a model of customized training for workforce development. Central Piedmont Community College was selected as the 2002 Community College of the Year by the National Alliance of Business.

“As an alumnus and as a board member, Dr. Zeiss’ unwavering commitment to our state’s future and his drive for excellence helped strengthen Leadership North Carolina,” stated Brian Etheridge, president of Leadership North Carolina. “We owe him a debt of gratitude for helping us further our capacity to impact our state for the better.”