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Pfeiffer VP Tom Leitzel named president of S.C. college

Dr. Thomas Leitzel, vice president for the Charlotte campus and graduate enrollment management at Pfeiffer, was recently named the next president of The Technical College of the Lowcountry (TCL), which serves nearly 1,900 students through 70-plus degree, diploma and certificate programs in Beaufort, S.C. and two other campus locations.

Selected from among approximately 100 applicants, which TCL administrators have said is one of the largest candidate pools for a presidential vacancy in South Carolina Technical College System history, Leitzel was chosen by the TCL Area Commission to serve at the helm of the college.

Since 1996, Leitzel has served as an administrator at Pfeiffer, where he currently oversees enrollment management efforts of approximately 300 adult undergraduate students and 1,200 graduate students statewide. His 30-year academic career in the public and private sectors included service to institutions in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and North Carolina, including a stint as dean of business, health and technologies at Central Piedmont Community College.

"Tom has served as a key member of the university's senior leadership team, an engaged member of the Charlotte community, and most importantly, a champion for adult learners, many of whom would not have obtained a degree at Pfeiffer without his advocacy and encouragement," said Dr. Chuck Ambrose, Pfeiffer University president. "His background within community colleges and his role at Pfeiffer will serve him well as he becomes a leader in South Carolina."