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  • Former PCC president returns as commencement speaker

    Tony Zeiss, former president of Pueblo Community College, will return to the school in May as the 2017 commencement speaker.

    Zeiss led PCC from 1985 to 1992. During his tenure, the college nearly tripled in size and evolved from a vocational to a comprehensive school. He was instrumental in developing PCC’s partnerships with area businesses to provide workforce training and was named the Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce Business Leader of the Year in 1991.

    "It is our privilege to welcome Dr. Zeiss back to Pueblo Community College,” said PCC President Dr. Patty Erjavec. “The legacy he left during his tenure as PCC president lives on today, both on campus and in the community. Dr. Zeiss is sure to provide a wonderful parting message as a final gift to our graduates."

    Zeiss retired in December after 24 years as president of Central Piedmont Community College in North Carolina. Under his leadership, Central Piedmont grew from one campus to six and now serves approximately 70,000 students. He was the Association of Community College Trustees’ National CEO of the Year in 2004-2005.

    In January, Zeiss became the executive director for the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C. The 430,000-square-foot building is scheduled to open in November.

    Zeiss is the author of nearly two dozen books on topics ranging from national workforce development to the Civil War. He is a frequent keynote speaker on the subjects of recruiting, developing and retaining peak performers in the workplace.

    He holds a doctorate in community college administration from Nova University in Florida. He received his master’s degree in speech (radio and television) and bachelor’s degree in speech education from Indiana State University. He taught full time at the high school and community college levels before becoming an administrator.

    PCC’s commencement ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. May 12 at the Southwest Motors Events Center on the Colorado State Fairgrounds.

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    Founded in 1933, Pueblo Community College is a premier teaching institution focused on providing academic and service excellence to help its students acquire the 21st Century skills needed to better their lives. An educational and technological leader, PCC fosters economic development and utilizes strong partnerships in the communities it serves through its Pueblo, Fremont and Southwest campuses.