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The University honors three “Gems of Pfeiffer” on September 15

Gems LogoOn Sat., Sept. 15, Pfeiffer University pays tribute to Dr. Joel Vickers, Coach Joe Ferebee and Ray Harrington, three “Gems of Pfeiffer” who have made outstanding contributions to the institution and their fields and touched the lives of countless students and colleagues.

The Gems of Pfeiffer will take place at the Grandover Resort, 1000 Club Road, Greensboro, at 6 p.m., with dinner served at 7 p.m. The cost to attend is $80 person or $50 per student. Tables and sponsorships are also available at a variety of levels. For more information about sponsorship opportunities or to reserve space, visit:

“It's an honor to recognize individuals whose leadership by example makes an impression daily as well as over a lifetime,” said Michael C. Miller, president. “They exemplify servant leadership at its finest while bringing out the best in students and their colleagues, continuously making Pfeiffer better academically, athletically and spiritually.”

Honorees include:

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Dr. Joel Vickers, professor and former director of Pfeiffer's highly respected Master's of Health Administration program, offered in Charlotte, Morrisville, online and at several cohort sites. Over the past two decades under Dr. Vickers' leadership, the MHA program has experienced explosive growth and is recognized as the largest of its kind in the Carolinas. Its graduates hold leadership positions in every major healthcare system in North and South Carolina and are shaping the future of the healthcare industry.

Ray Harrington

Ray Harrington, to be honored posthumously for his lifelong dedication to community service and improving the lives of undergraduate students through Pfeiffer's Criminal Justice and Softball programs. With more than 40 years experience in law enforcement, education and military reserves, Ray honorably devoted his life in service to others. His extraordinary community and professional service were recognized during his life with induction to the Governor's Order of the Long Leaf Pine and as a recipient of Pfeiffer's Starnes Award.



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Coach Joe Ferebee, former baseball coach and history professor, for his commitment not only to Falcons athletics and academics but the entire Pfeiffer community. Following a nearly 40-year coaching career through central North Carolina, during which he became the “winningest” coach in the state (1,438 victories) and was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, Coach remains a daily presence on campus mentoring and sharing his experiences with current and former students.

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