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CPCC Names Successor To Longtime President Tony Zeiss

Central Piedmont Community College

Central Piedmont Community College on Friday named veteran community college administrator Kandi Deitemeyer to succeed president Tony Zeiss. Deitemeyer's 24-year career in higher education has included administrative roles at community colleges in North Carolina, Kentucky and Florida. 

Since 2010, Deitemeyer has been president of College of The Albemarle, in Elizabeth City.  She says she was attracted to CPCC by achievements that have given the local community college a strong statewide and national reputation.

"The institution is amazing," Deitemeyer told WFAE in an interview on Friday. She praised CPCC for what she called the school's focus on student success and workforce development. CPCC "has been phenomenal in  terms of the economic vitality and how they've plugged in," Deitemeyer added.  

At CPCC, Deitemeyer will succeed president Tony Zeiss, who announced in February he was retiring after leading the school for 24 years. Deitemeyer will begin her tenure in early January, and says she'll bring her own passion for transforming students, and communities.    

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