CCCC’s Chapman now NCCCS senior vice president

Jun. 18, 2014 @ 01:36 PM

Former Central Carolina Community College Executive Vice President Dr. Lisa Chapman is now the senior vice president of Programs and Student Services/chief academic officer for the North Carolina Community College System.

In that position, she oversees the Division of Programs and Student Services. The division provides leadership, assistance and consultation to North Carolina’s 58 community colleges in the areas of academic programs, adult basic education, workforce development, continuing education, student success initiatives, financial aid and national post-secondary education policy research.

“I am enjoying serving with my colleagues at the System Office and across the state in my new role,” Chapman said. “I believe in what we do and am amazed every day by the outstanding education and economic and workforce development provided by all of our North Carolina community colleges in the communities they serve.”

Chapman, a Sanford resident, was with CCCC for 27 years before moving to the state level on June 2. At the college, she held the positions of instructor, chair of the Math and Science Department, academic dean, vice president of Academic Affairs/chief academic officer, and executive vice president of instruction/chief academic officer.

“I have had the honor of learning from some of the brightest and most effective educators,” Chapman said of her time at the college. “Central Carolina has always focused on student learning and meeting the needs of the community it serves and that focus is as strong today as it has ever been. Whenever a challenge has arisen, CCCC has not only met it head-on, but has also always exceeded all expectations. The best students, faculty, colleagues, friends and mentors are found at Central Carolina Community College and I will always be proud to have counted myself as a member of the CCCC team.”

While at the college, Chapman was instrumental in the establishment of Lee Early College, a partnership between Lee County Schools and CCCC. She was a leader in developing the college’s bioprocess technology program, the first in North Carolina, and the barbering program, the first at a community college. She developed the college’s Division of Student Learning, whose purpose is to increase student success.

Chapman has worked to promote excellence in higher education through organizations such as the NCCCS’ Curriculum Review Committee and the North Carolina Community College and University of North Carolina Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Joint Review Steering Committee.

In 1995, her peers at the college named her CCCC’s Instructor of the Year. In 2012, the North Carolina College Personnel Association recognized her for Outstanding Service in Support of the Profession. for her continuing efforts to improve instruction at the college level.

“I have had the good fortune to have worked with Dr. Chapman over the past six years,” said CCCC President Dr. Bud Marchant. “She is conscientious, professional and hard-working with a complete dedication to the success of the students. Her contributions to CCCC have been many and will be long lasting. I have no doubt that Dr. Chapman will continue to make significant contributions focused on student success for the entire North Carolina Community College System.”

Chapman holds a Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; Master of Science in Physiology from East Tennessee State University; and Bachelor of Science in Zoology from UNC-Chapel Hill.

She worked as a biologist with the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in Research Triangle Park before coming to CCCC in 1987.

“I worked my last day at NIEHS on Friday, began at the college on Monday and taught my first class on Wednesday … and fell in love with teaching and working with adult students,” Chapman said.

Her service extended far beyond the college campus and included the Lee County Partnership for Children Executive Board and the Lee County High School Athletic Booster Club. She is currently a member of the Pfizer Institutional Biosafety Committee, Lee County JobReady Partnership Council, Lee County United Way Board of Directors, and the Chatham County Schools Career and Technical Education Steering Committee.

Dr. Chapman is married to Jeff Chapman, a 1987 CCCC Automotive Technology graduate. Their son, Brandon, earned his Associate in Arts degree at the college and is a Sanford firefighter. Their daughter, Katie, and daughter-in-law, Lindsay Chapman, have also taken classes at the college toward degrees they received at other institutions. Lindsay is a radiologic technologist at Central Carolina Hospital and Katie will begin the Master of Science in Exercise Science at Appalachian State University in the fall.