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Listen | Kandi Deitemeyer on leading a college during a pandemic and cyberattack

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It’s hard to believe that we are entering our 19th month of educating students during a pandemic. 

In March 2020, North Carolina community colleges made a quick pivot and moved the majority of their courses online. Since then, there has been some return to normalcy on campuses, but the way colleges operate will forever be changed. 

In this podcast episode, we catch up with Kandi Deitemeyer, president of Central Piedmont Community College. Deitemeyer reflects on the past 18 months and talks about leading a community college during a pandemic and cyberattack. She also discusses what it was like serving as president of the North Carolina Association of Community College Presidents this past year. 

Despite the challenges, there is a sense of hope about the future for North Carolina community colleges. In the episode, you’ll hear Deitemeyer talk about the colleges rallying together and the students they served collectively over the last year. 

“There is no doubt that every day when I get up that the bright spot in my life is that I get to lead one of the most incredible institutions, in the most incredible system, and do incredible things — which is help change the trajectory of people’s lives and make sure they can change the trajectory of their families.”

Kandi Deitemeyer, president of Central Piedmont Community College

Check out the episode to hear Deitemeyer’s thoughts on social and economic mobility, the need for faculty and staff salary increases, and what she thinks is the future for the “Great 58.”

Emily Thomas

Emily Thomas is a policy analyst for EducationNC.

Alli Lindenberg

Alli Lindenberg is a multimedia reporter for EducationNC.