C. Neill McLeod, EdD

Christie McLeod

Title: Retired Senior Vice President of Student Services
Company: Wake Technical Community College
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina, United States

C. Neill McLeod, EdD, Retired Senior Vice President of Student Services at Wake Technical Community College, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in adult and continuing education.

Having accrued more than three decades of professional experience, Dr. McLeod retired from her role as senior vice president of student services at Wake Technical Community College in 2005. She had also devoted 32 years to the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) as senior vice president of continuing education, curriculum and instruction. Notably, Dr. McLeod served as North Carolina’s first female community college president, director of student activities, dean of continuing education, vice president of instruction and student development and associate executive vice president of the NCCCS office.

Dr. McLeod commenced her career working with the Girl Scouts of the USA, including the Girl Scout Council of Greater New York and the Pines of Carolina Girl Scout Council, where she was the training director and the director of personnel and public relations. While with the Girl Scouts training program, her eyes were first open to the field of continuing and adult education. To add to her expertise she worked for the governor from 1987 to 1995. Dr. McLeod was the recipient of a U.S. Coast Guard Legacy Award in 2018, along with a College of Education Distinguished Alumnus Award from North Carolina State University in 2020.

Prior to spearheading her career, Dr. McLeod earned a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from the Women’s College of the University of North Carolina, now known as the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Additionally, she went on to matriculate at the North Carolina State College of Education, where she attained a Master of Science in adult and community college education in 1972 and a Doctor of Education in community college leadership in 1974. Dr. McLeod attributes her vast success to hard work, help from her mentors and her service-oriented nature. Her advice to aspiring professionals is to simply, “try to do your very best.”

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