Dr. Alain Miatudila, Sr., is the 2020 recipient of the NCOSS Outstanding Alumnus of a Student Success Program award. This award recognizes an alumnus of a student success program who has distinguished himself in an educational career.
Dr. Miatudila says that he is honored to receive the award, sharing a brief outline of his story and a piece of advice. “My academic journey began in a Developmental Reading/English classroom at Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC). As a non-native English speaker, it was not easy. However, I did not give up. Today, I am the Associate Dean of Engineering at CPCC. If one can learn anything from my journey, it is this…hard work pays off, but you must be willing to do the hard work to get the payoff.”
Dr. Miatudila is a strong example of a successful student. He began his educational career taking Developmental English with Dr. Patty Hill-Miller in the summer of 1998. He earned an Associates in Civil Engineering Technology from Central Piedmont in 2001, followed by Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He has demonstrated the same drive in his professional life and currently serves as the Associate Dean of Engineering, holding an administrative role in the same program from which he graduated nineteen years ago.
His colleagues and students agree.
Dr. Deborah Sharer, a former colleague from UNCC, explains, “Alain is the complete package. He is student oriented, eminently capable, and well respected by students, faculty, and staff.”
Jullian Hudson, a former student, writes that “His knowledge of the material and his breadth of experience are exemplarily presented in the classroom. He embodies the characteristics of a leader who cares about student success not just in the classroom but as citizens of the world.”