Tony Zeiss, who transformed the face and expanded the mission of Central Piedmont Community College, was named the 2016 Charlotte Post Foundation Educator of the Year.
Zeiss announced earlier this year that he’ll retire July 31 after nearly a quarter-century as CPCC’s president.
“Tony Zeiss’ vision and leadership in postsecondary education has greatly benefited this community,” Gerald Johnson, publisher of The Charlotte Post Publishing Co. and president of The Charlotte Post Foundation, said in a news release. “Tony has been the architect behind CPCC’s educational and economic boom by providing learning opportunities for high schoolers, collegians, employees and employers.”
Zeiss will be honored at the 20th Post Best banquet Oct. 8 at the Hilton Center City.
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The Post Best banquet draws more than 400 attendees and is the main fundraiser for The Charlotte Post Foundation. The Foundation has implemented an after school program to help elementary school children with literacy, distributed $300,000 in college scholarships to deserving high school seniors and initiated a community convening program to discuss issues affecting African-Americans.