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PPD CIO Mike Wilkinson addresses over 600 community businesspeople about the importance of supporting community college education.

CIO of PPD delivers keynote to more than 600 guests at fund-raiser

WILMINGTON, N.C. – The Cape Fear Community College Foundation raised over $185,000 for student scholarships during its seventh annual “Changing Lives through the Gift of Education,” luncheon. This brings the CFCC Foundation’s yearly fund-raising total to more than $1.2 million.

In his keynote address, Dr. Mike Wilkinson, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer of PPD, outlined the merits of community college education to an audience of more than 600 business people gathered at the Schwartz Center on Thursday, May 19.

Wilkinson, a former Navy SEAL, White House Liaison Officer and head of clinical research at PPD, urged audience members to reflect on the impact that education had on their own lives, as well as to consider helping future generations of local college students.

Attendees also had the opportunity to see presentations about various programs within the college and hear from three students who have received Foundation scholarships.


Cape Fear Community College (CFCC) is one of the oldest and largest community colleges in North Carolina. Approximately 27,000 students take courses at the college each year. The college offers 60 technical job-training programs, a college transfer program and continuing education courses. To learn more about helping the Cape Fear Community College Foundation, call (910) 362-7207 or visit

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