Vice President of Academic Affairs, Central Piedmont


Since it was founded in 1963 as one of the first colleges in the NC Community College System, Central Piedmont has provided a wide range of programs of study designed to serve the needs of the citizens and employers of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. With the growth Charlotte has experienced, Central Piedmont has also expanded. Central Piedmont has grown from the historic Central High School facility at the intersection of Elizabeth Avenue and Kings Drive to six campuses, three centers, and a virtual campus with online offerings. Central Piedmont’s Central Campus is located minutes from uptown Charlotte, in close proximity to the Queen City’s growing greenway project, professional sports arenas, and a number of premiere restaurant and shopping outlets that attract visitors from Mecklenburg County and beyond.

Central Piedmont’s mission is to facilitate student learning, success, and completion by providing exceptional education and globally competitive training in an engaging, supportive environment.

Central Piedmont’s vision is to be a champion of students, a catalyst for opportunity, and an exceptional provider of learning experiences that transform lives and strengthen our community. As a comprehensive, public, two-year college, Central Piedmont is Mecklenburg County’s premier workforce development resource, and a resource for academic excellence and cultural enrichment. Central Piedmont is one of the largest community colleges in the Carolinas, and a job training powerhouse. Central Piedmont offers more than 300-degree, diploma, and certificate programs in a number of areas, including technical/vocational, health, culinary, hospitality, STEM, and professional careers, as well as a comprehensive college transfer program. The college also offers a wide selection of corporate and continuing education programs and courses, as well as GED, Adult High School, and Pathways programs. These offerings are designed to address the personal, professional, organizational and economic development needs of the community and are market-inspired, growth-oriented, and entrepreneurial in nature. The college also provides a wide variety of cultural events, activities, and programs to serve all segments of the regional community.

Central Piedmont employs approximately 1,200 full-time faculty and staff, as well as approximately 1,800 part-time faculty and staff. The college’s budget is in excess of $200 million. Gifts and appropriations from federal, county, and state sources supplement student tuition and fees. The college will continue to aggressively seek alternative funding from these sources consistent with its mission to provide affordable student tuition and to prudently manage financial resources for current and strategic operations.

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The VP of Academic Affairs (VP) will report directly to the President and serve as a member of the Cabinet. Other positions reporting to the President include: VP for Communications, Marketing, and Public Relations; Special Assistant to the President; VP for Technology and Research Services/CIO; VP for Institutional Advancement; VP for Strategy and Organizational Excellence; VP for Enrollment Management and Student Services; VP for Finance and Administrative Services; and an Administrative Assistant.

The VP will have broad responsibility, either directly or indirectly, for the following positions/areas and/or functions: College and Career Readiness; Nursing/Allied Health/Human Services; STEM; Student Success; Course Entry and Faculty Contracts; Resource Support; Culinary/Hospitality/Arts and Communication; Professional Careers Division; E-Learning; Public Safety and Transportation Technologies; Libraries; Learning Innovation and Instructional Design; Faculty Learning and Engagement; Business/Global Business/General Studies; Applied Technologies/Construction; Corporate and Economic Development; and Business and Industry Learning Services. The VP has authority and supervisory responsibility for the six campus deans to ensure exceptional and market relevant programs are being delivered for Mecklenburg County.

Therefore, the VP will need to develop strong, effective, working relationships and partnerships with all senior leadership of the college, as well as with all departments of the college. The VP will also be expected to work closely with the board of trustees and other external entities.


The Office of Academic Affairs strives to promote and optimize opportunities to better serve Central Piedmont students, the community, and businesses, thereby fulfilling its vision of institutional excellence and student success. The primary role of the office is to provide guidance and support in the planning, managing, and evaluating of all curriculum, continuing education, and basic skills areas of the college.

The VP serves as the Chief Academic Officer in a learning-centered college for assigned divisions, and supervises the development, implementation, communication, and evaluation of the curriculum. The VP provides highly complex and responsible assistance to the president and works collaboratively with business and industry to ensure that the college has innovative workforce training programs that respond to community labor market demands. Provides executive leadership in creating a unified and focused vision for student success.

Specific duties include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Execute the strategic framework for the organization in alignment with Central Piedmont’s vision, mission, and values; enable and support the college’s strategic plan.
  • Translate strategic vision into actionable initiatives and follow-through for accountability and to determine effectiveness.
  • Collaborate with the Office of Strategy and Organizational Excellence to establish and implement a culture in which continuous quality improvement and planning activities are integrated, understood, and practiced in a manner consistent with the college’s vision, mission, and values.
  • Evaluate opportunities to bring best instructional practices from other organizations and promote the execution of new initiatives that promote the success of the college’s students. Work both internally and externally to develop engagement opportunities with underserved populations within Charlotte and Mecklenburg County.
  • Build and nurture trusting relationships across senior executive and management levels to collaborate on programs and services that lead to successful student outcomes.
  • Engage and evaluate team leaders and provide appropriate measures to develop and strengthen team leader abilities through professional development. Consult with the president before offering new employment opportunities to deans and other lead staff.
  • Serve as a member of the president’s cabinet; help plan and establish strategic goals/achievement indicators, and implement programs and services that maintain the college’s accreditation compliance.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to excellence, is accessible to faculty/staff/students; demonstrate integrity, by showing interest, listening, and committed follow-through.
  • Work collaboratively with cabinet members to develop and recommend academic policies and procedures; participate in the planning, development, and design of state-of-the-art facilities that support effective teaching and learning; sustain a rigorous academic program that includes learning communities and service learning.
  • Use methodologies that optimize the use of existing classrooms, shops, and labs for instructional purposes; develop and utilize scheduling processes with the division of finance and administration that make courses available at times and locations which reflect student demand; and, participate in strategic and facility planning processes that balance current facility utilization for academic programming with realistic forecasts for new academic spaces.
  • Make recommendations to the president about the creation, improvement, evolution, and divesting of instructional programs in consultation with the president, cabinet members, deans, and faculty.
  • Provide executive responsibility, in collaboration with cabinet members, for the development of internal and external partnerships that result in a scaled system to assist students in market relevant career and program choices, including pathways to employment; lead the integration of for credit and noncredit offerings for occupational skills certifications and workforce training.
  • Monitor teaching and learning trends to ensure course content and teaching methodology are current and relevant. Direct the implementation of programs and strategies to improve these activities within all assigned divisions.
  • Lead, supervise, and influence a one-college, student success and completion focus that delivers relevant and high performing workforce talent and baccalaureate degree transfers.
  • Develop, in consultation with administration and finance, unit budgets, monitoring budget implementation and ensuring sound fiscal management across areas of responsibility; allocate resources and manage budgets to achieve scale and goal attainment in support of plan-driven college initiatives.
  • Provide broad direction to activities involved in institutional and individual program accreditation as it relates to the academic programs within assigned divisions.
  • Build and foster collaborative programs and initiatives such as articulation agreements with universities, K-12 connections, and business, industry, and community partnerships.
  • Represent Central Piedmont, as required, by participating in appropriate national, state, and local councils, committees, boards, and organizations.
  • Promote and encourage innovation and collaboration across academic and student services areas to support and foster student success and faculty growth and professional development.
  • Embrace the use of transfer and labor market data and data analytics tools to evaluate opportunities for pedagogical and programming improvements and their impact on student learning outcomes.
  • Perform all duties in an ethical manner and with integrity; maintain the confidentiality of the president’s office and all Central Piedmont and constituent information; use appropriate discretion in all interactions with internal departments, constituents, and board members; promote/maintain a positive image of both the college and the office of the president.


  • Strong working knowledge and depth of understanding of higher education; excellent quantitative and qualitative analytic skills; excellent critical thinking skills; ability to think conceptually and strategically while maintaining a results-driven approach.
  • Proven experience in diagnosing organization capabilities and translating the diagnosis into practical applications that enhance, improve, strengthen, and broaden the learning opportunities provided by the college.
  • Strong influencing and communication skills; capable of securing senior leadership buy-in, sponsorship, and investment aligning with the college’s strategic plan and academic mission.
  • Proven leadership and interpersonal capabilities; ability to collaborate broadly across all levels of the organization to help achieve results with an emphasis on college-wide approaches and effective involvement of faculty.
  • Ability to lead, cultivate, and inspire an intentional and transformative organizational culture of ethical behavior, positivity, professionalism, employee empowerment, satisfaction, and productivity that supports a student success and completion agenda.
  • Understands workforce development principles of business and industry.
  • Self-motivated and resourceful; demonstrated willingness for learning and improvement.
  • Ability to challenge and motivate team members whose behavior and attitudes may impede the college’s mission, vision, values, and operations.
  • Knowledge in the areas of organizational and learning strategy with proven leadership practices.
  • Extensive academic and administrative experience, including experience in teaching, supervising full-time faculty, and administering exemplary academic programs; proven success in improving educational outcomes and student retention.
  • Proven decisive leader who is open to and can lead change to ensure Central Piedmont’s success in an increasingly changing higher ed landscape.
  • Ability to demonstrate leadership in designing and sustaining a rigorous academic program that provides support for ranges of student abilities from developmental education to honors, including international activities, learning communities, and service learning.
  • Knowledge and experience with Achieving the Dream, Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program, or similar education reform programs focused on student success is desirable.
  • Master’s degree from a regionally accredited university required; doctorate degree preferred.
  • Demonstrated cultural competence, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty, and staff.
  • Knowledge and experience with education in North Carolina and the North Carolina Community College System Office would be beneficial but is not required.


Salary for this position is competitive and commensurate with experience. Central Piedmont offers an excellent benefits package including health, dental, vision, retirement, life insurance, flexible spending accounts, education benefits, disability, and more.

As a recipient of federal funds, Central Piedmont is required to comply with Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq. (“Title IX”), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs or activities. Central Piedmont does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs or activities, including in the context of admission or employment. 


To make a nomination, provide a referral, or for additional information please use the contact information below. To apply, submit a resume and/or vita and cover letter to:

Coleman Lew Canny Bowen
6101 Carnegie Blvd., Suite 300
Charlotte, NC 28209
Ken Carrick, President
Janny DeLoache, Consultant