Bio: Paul Anthony “Tony” Zeiss, Ed.D., Museum Executive Director
In his role as executive director for Museum of the Bible, Paul Anthony "Tony" Zeiss, Ed.D., leads the daily operations of the 430,000-square-foot museum in Washington whose goal is to invite all people to engage with the history, narrative and impact of the Bible. The $500 million project (cost of construction, renovation and real estate) is located three blocks from the U.S. Capitol and opened in November 2017.
The museum's leadership selected Zeiss based on his abilities as a proven leader in building and managing large, complex operations. He came to Museum of the Bible after serving 24 years as president of Central Piedmont Community College. One of the largest community colleges in North Carolina, Central Piedmont serves approximately 70,000 students per year. During his tenure, the college grew from one campus to six and became recognized as a national leader in workforce development.
Zeiss is a past chair of the board of the American Association of Community Colleges; past board chair for the League for Innovation, an international nonprofit organization with a mission to cultivate innovation in the community college environment; and was the Association of Community College Trustees' National CEO of the Year for 2004 – 2005. In 2017, Zeiss received the "Leadership Award" from the American Association of Community Colleges.
He is a professional speaker and a frequent keynoter for companies and colleges on the topic of recruiting, developing and retaining peak performers in the workplace. Zeiss regularly consults on leadership, workforce development and resource development. He has served as a workgroup member for the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Labor.
An author or co-author of several books on economic development, adult literacy, national workforce development and the Civil War, Zeiss' most recently published works include four books on creating high-performance employees, a book on community college leadership, a tribute to John Montgomery Belk and a novel on the Revolutionary War. He previously edited and directed the most comprehensive national workforce-training study in the nation, which resulted in the monograph Building America's Best Workforce.
Zeiss holds a doctorate in community college administration from Nova University in Florida, and a master's degree in speech (radio and television) and bachelor's degree in speech education from Indiana State University. His early career included teaching full time at the high school and community college levels, and serving as an adjunct professor at the university level.