Kandi & James

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Kandi Deitemeyer

President, Central Piedmont Community College

Dr. Kandi W. Deitemeyer became the fourth president of Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) in January 2017. Dr. Deitemeyer came to CPCC with an extensive and diverse background in community college administration. Her career has spanned 25 years in higher education, with 23 of those serving in community college systems in North Carolina, Kentucky and Florida.

Dr. Deitemeyer’s pathway to success began at Polk Community College in Florida, where she graduated with an associate of arts degree. From there, she went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and public relations, a master’s degree in counselor education and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of South Florida.

As CPCC’s top executive, she demonstrates the drive, talent and passion for its mission. Her principle leadership tenet is student success and transforming and improving lives. She brings a demonstrated focus on excellence, regional development and building collaborative relationships which impact opportunities for students and communities.

Currently, Dr. Deitemeyer serves on the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools – Commission on Colleges Board of Trustees and is an active member of the North Carolina Association of Community College Presidents. She is a Rotarian and serves on many community and philanthropic boards, including the Charlotte Chamber, Charlotte Regional Collaborative for a Global Economy, Charlotte Regional Partnership, Charlotte Will, Leading on Opportunity Council, and the League for Innovation.

While serving as President of Central Piedmont Community College is certainly her life’s work, her passion and commitment elsewhere is fulfilling her calling in service to her church, family and philanthropic interests.

While her professional goal is leading CPCC in its efforts as the national leader in workforce development, Dr. Deitemeyer derives her personal joy from her faith and family – Gary, her husband of 27 years, and their amazing daughter, Zoe.

A few fun facts about Kandi:

I absolutely love coffee! All day long…coffee, coffee, coffee.

Dark Chocolate is a must at some point between the hours of 2-4 p.m.

I was a disc jockey in high school. Great job, so fun!

I am both a music and movie buff. I love the storytelling aspect!


  1. David & Elizabeth: $320,273.00
  2. Patty & Juwan: $301,121.00
  3. Gene & Sarah: $296,446.00
  4. John & Sarah: $175,299.00
  5. Jennifer & Drew: $119,194.00
  6. Kandi & James: $102,535.00
Total Raised: $1,314,868.00

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James Kopecky

Hometown: Lake Villa, IL
Seasons with Charlotte Ballet: 3

Born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, James grew up dancing at Dancenter North. He trained in ballet, jazz, tap, modern and musical theater. After high school, James studied at Butler University under Marek Cholewa, Susan McGuire, Derek Reid, Cynthia Pratt, Tong Wang, Stephan Laurent and Michelle Jarvis. In 2010, he graduated with a BFA in Dance and was offered an apprenticeship at Ballet San Jose under the artistic leadership of Dennis Nahat. In his second season, James was promoted to Corps de Ballet. During his five years with Ballet San Jose, he was featured in a number of works including Paul Taylor’s Piazzolla Caldera, Twyla Tharp’s In The Upper Roomand Jorma Elo’s Glow/Stop. Since arriving at Charlotte Ballet, James has enjoyed performing a number of pieces such as Alonzo King’s Map, Dwight Rhoden’s The Groove and Jiri Kylian’s Sechs Tanzes.

A few fun facts about James: 

Dancing since: Age 3

Favorite choreographer: Ohad Naharin

Great performance moment: Nailing my pirouettes in the Black Swan Pas de Duex

Favorite thing about Charlotte: Coming from California, it is nice to have seasons again! Also, all of the hiking trails in the Charlotte area.

The Opportunity Scholarship Program at Central Piedmont Community College

The Opportunity Scholarship at CPCC is an educational and career-training scholarship offered to recent high school graduates from CMS schools with the highest percentage of students living in poverty. The scholarship covers the full cost of attendance at CPCC, allowing students to earn a two-year, career-focused degree.

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