Tony Zeiss is a major asset to Charlotte and the region and he deserves a generous pay package. But the way he and other community college presidents in North Carolina supersized their salaries and pensions was ill-timed, secretive and costly to taxpayers.
As president of Central Piedmont Community College for the past 21 years, Zeiss has compiled an impressive record. Thanks to his leadership, CPCC has expanded from one campus to six, has nearly quadrupled its budget and has become the second-largest community college in the state. The school raised $25 million to mark its 50th anniversary, a remarkable amount for a community college.