The Trail of History

Speaker Date: April 21, 2023

Learn about the Charlotte Trail of History that stretches through the urban piece of the Little Sugar Creek Greenway, a vibrant pedestrian walkway near the heart of downtown Charlotte, running from 7th Street at Central Piedmont Community College south to Morehead Street.

Individuals are selected by the Trail of History for commemoration via a rigorous selection process led by a select committee of local historians. The Trail of History seeks to be representative to Charlotte’s diverse ethnic, religious and political history, as well as striving for gender and ethnic diversity, across the sweep of the area’s rich 250-year history.

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Tony Zeiss, PhD


P. Anthony Zeiss, Ed.D., has now formally retired. Previously, he was the Executive Director of the Museum of the Bible – an innovative, global, educational institution, whose purpose is to invite all people to engage with the history, the impact, and the narrative of the Bible.

In addition, Dr. Zeiss is President Emeritus of Central Piedmont Community College.

Dr. Zeiss holds a Doctorate in Community College Administration from Nova University, a master’s degree in Speech (Radio and Television), and a Bachelor’s degree in Speech Education from Indiana State University.

In 1992, he became the third president of Central Piedmont Community College (“CPCC”), serving approximately 70,000 students per year. During his tenure, the college grew from one campus to six and was recognized as a national leader in Workforce Development. Dr. Zeiss has authored or co-authored several books on economic development, adult literacy, national workforce development and American History. His most recent publications include four books on creating high-performance employees and a novel on the Revolutionary War.

Dr. Zeiss is a professional speaker and a frequent keynoter on resource development, workforce development, leadership, and career development.

Dr. Zeiss is past Chair of the Board of the American Association of Community Colleges, past Board Chair for the League for Innovation, and was the Association of Community College Trustees’ National CEO of the year for 2004-2005.

Dr. Zeiss served eight years on the board of the Zig Ziglar Corporation, four years on a Colorado Bank board, is the Board Chair of the Charlotte (NC) Novant Healthcare Southern Piedmont Region, and leads a twenty-nine county Global Economic Initiative for the Charlotte, NC, region.

Dr. Zeiss became the first Executive Director of the Museum of the Bible on January 1, 2017.

Following a very successful museum opening, Zeiss and his wife returned to Charlotte where he served as the first Executive Director of Coca Cola Consolidated’s z-Factor training initiative to help CEOs transform their workplace into faith-based cultures.

Dr. Zeiss and his wife, Beth, have two sons, a daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren.