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Pfeiffer University announces three finalists for presidency post

Pfeiffer officials announced the names of three finalists who are vying for the university's top position. Since July, members of the presidential search committee have worked to identify Pfeiffer's next president. The candidates were selected from an original pool of more than 100 applicants.

Each finalist will spend two days on the university's campuses meeting with students, faculty, staff, trustees, and members of the community during interviews and forums. Those visits will begin on Monday, Oct. 25. The three candidates, in order of their visits, are:

Dr. Harold G. Jeffcoat served 10 years as the president of Texas Wesleyan University until this summer when he retired and joined the faculty there. Prior to the top position at Texas Wesleyan, Jeffcoat served as vice chancellor at the University of Missouri; assistant vice president at Purdue; director of development at Western Kentucky University and the University of South Florida; and director of corporate and foundation relations at The Florida State University Foundation, Inc. Early in his career, Jeffcoat was a professional baseball player with the San Francisco Giants and the St. Louis Cardinals. A native of Nashville, Tenn., who was raised in Tampa, Fla., Jeffcoat and his wife, Marie, will visit campus Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 25-26.

Mr. Michael C. Miller, a native North Carolinian and veteran banker, has served in many executive roles at CommunityONE Bank, based in Asheboro. During his 25-year tenure at the bank, he was vice president, executive vice president, chairman, CEO and then president. A graduate of the Wake Forest School of Law, Miller is an attorney who has practiced in both the private and corporate sectors. He and his wife, Donna, will visit Pfeiffer on Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 27-28.

Dr. Dan Hollingsworth is currently the executive vice president, chief financial officer and the Ted Russell Distinguished Chair for Business at Carson-Newman College. Prior to his current appointment in January 2008, he served as dean of the School of Business and Economics at Carson-Newman. A Certified Public Accountant with 15 years of experience in accounting, business and industry, Hollingsworth served as a member of the business faculty at Baylor University, where he was promoted from assistant accounting professor to the Arthur Andersen professor and chair of the school's Accounting and Business Law Department. After 13 years at Baylor, he went to Mississippi State University where he directed the School of Accountancy, leading it through a reaccreditation process in 2002.  Hollingsworth earned his Doctor of Business Administration from Memphis State University, an MBA and bachelor's degree in accounting from Mississippi State University, and received a certificate from the Institute of Educational Management from the Harvard School of Education. Hollingsworth will visit campus on Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 2-3.

Pfeiffer Board of Trustees Chairman Greg Hunter said he is excited about the candidates and credits the swift search process to a conscientious presidential search committee.

“We are very proud and excited about the candidates who have been identified through this very thorough vetting process. We are very fortunate to have so many exceptional candidates express interest in our presidential search process.” said Hunter, who also serves as chair of the search committee. ”I want to thank the presidential search committee members for their impressive work. As a result of their dedication, we have three candidates who possess the skills, experience and commitment to serve our university. This is a very exciting time and we look forward to identifying Pfeiffer University's ninth president.”

The person chosen as Pfeiffer's next president will succeed Dr. Chuck Ambrose, who left the university in June after 12 years, to become president of the University of Central Missouri. David J. McIlquham, former Sealy, Inc. CEO, has served as the university's interim president since July 1.

For more candidate information and presidential search updates, visit: www.pfeiffer.edu/presidentialsearch.

Established in 1885, Pfeiffer University is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. A comprehensive United Methodist-related university, with multiple campuses, including Misenheimer, Charlotte and the Triangle, Pfeiffer is committed to educational excellence, service and scholarship. For news and updates, join the university's Facebook fan page at www.facebook.com/pfeifferuniversity.


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