Pat and B.D. Rodgers to lead CPCC campaign

last modified Jan 24, 2012 09:13 AM

Pat and B.D. Rodgers of Rodgers Builders Inc., are serving as the chairs of Central Piedmont Community College’s 50th anniversary campaign. The Rodgers are leading the College’s efforts to raise at least $30 million to fund scholarships, additional faculty positions, workforce development initiatives and other programs. Serving as honorary campaign chairs are Christa Overcash and H. Allen and Bessie Tate.

CPCC kicked off its multi-year campaign at a Jan. 20 dinner event. The College will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2013. CPCC opened its doors in 1963 and has grown to become the largest community college in North Carolina, serving 70,000 individuals a year at six campuses in Mecklenburg County. The $30-million fundraising target is believed to be the largest campaign goal ever set by a U.S. community college.

CPCC and the CPCC Foundation have established four campaign priorities – areas in which the College has some of its greatest needs. These are:

  • Student Support and Achievement, which include scholarships, funds for student retention programs, military veterans’ services and student counseling services.
  • Instructional Excellence and Innovation, which include funding for additional faculty positions, classroom equipment and technology and funds to develop new programs.
  • Workforce Development and Strategic Initiatives, which include support for displaced worker training, high school career programs, energy sector workforce development and health care workforce development.
  • Unrestricted Funding to help the College respond to emerging campus, community and industry needs.

Pat and B.D. Rodgers are longtime business and civic leaders in Charlotte. Pat Rodgers, president and CEO of Rodgers Builders, is a 2011 recipient of the Order of the Longleaf Pine, the highest civilian honor in North Carolina. Her other recent honors include Echo Foundation’s Award Against Indifference in April 2011, the Girl Scouts Hornets Nest Lifetime Achievement Award, and the 2011 Whitney M. Young award from the Urban League. She was the 2011 chair of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce and a past chair of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors. She also is a member of the CPCC Foundation and UNC Charlotte Foundation Board of Directors.

B.D. Rodgers, chairman and founder of Rodgers Builders, is a recipient of the Golden Hammer Award from the Professional Construction Estimators Association (PCEA), the 1999 Lucille P. Giles Award from Florence Crittenton Services, and the 2000 Executive of the Year Award from the Construction Financial Managers Association (CFMA). He has served on the board of the Presbyterian Home at Charlotte, the North Carolina State Engineering School of Design, and as Building Division Chair of the Carolinas Associated General Contractors. He currently serves on the Florence Crittenton Services Board of Advisors, Alexander Children's Center Board of Visitors, and the Brevard College Board of Trustees.

“Celebrating CPCC’s 50th anniversary is especially meaningful to B.D. and me,” said Pat Rodgers. “B.D. is a native Charlottean and attended Central High School, now on the CPCC campus. CPCC played a part in my education, helping prepare me for a new career in a new city when I moved to Charlotte.”

CPCC is launching a 50th anniversary campaign to celebrate its half-century of serving Mecklenburg County and to raise much-needed dollars to meet current and anticipated challenges. These include managing a growing student population and developing new programs while coping with greatly reduced state funding.

“CPCC is fortunate to have friends and supporters like Pat and B.D. Rodgers,” said Dr. Tony Zeiss, CPCC president. “They understand the importance and value of CPCC as an educational institution and workforce development partner and are willing to lead this crucial campaign. With their leadership and the support of Christa Overcash and Allen and Bessie Tate, this campaign will help CPCC serve its students and business and industry and propel us toward our goal of becoming the nation’s leader in workforce development.”

For more information about the CPCC’s 50th anniversary campaign, see

Central Piedmont Community College is the largest community college in North Carolina, offering close to 300 degree and certification programs, customized corporate training, market-focused continuing education, and special interest classes. CPCC is academically, financially and geographically accessible to all citizens of Mecklenburg County. In 2002, the National Alliance of Business named CPCC the Community College of the Year for its response to the workforce and technology needs of local employers and job seekers through innovative educational and training strategies.