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“Gems of Pfeiffer” honored at Grandover Resort for their unprecedented contributions to Pfeiffer University

Gems Honorees resizedOn Sat., Sept. 15, Pfeiffer University paid tribute to three longtime current and former faculty members dubbed “Gems of Pfeiffer” for their outstanding contributions to the institution and its students. Honored were Dr. Joel Vickers, professor and former director of Pfeiffer's highly respected Master's of Health Administration program; Coach Joe Ferebee, baseball coach and history professor from 1956-1987; and posthumously, Ray Harrington, assistant professor of criminal justice and assistant softball coach.

The event, which was held at the Grandover Resort, Greensboro, was emceed by Chris Bramlett, Pfeiffer trustee and certified gemologist, and attended by 135 distinguished guests, including trustees, alumni and respected representatives of the fields the honorees lead.

“It's a privilege to honor these outstanding individuals who are exemplary educators and coaches, and whose stories are deeper and richer than those labels,” said Michael C. Miller, president, Pfeiffer University, during his remarks. “They've understood better than most the crucial role their vision plays in the success of any strategic plan, curriculum design or recruiting endeavor. Vision is something they have plenty of— along with absolutely no fear of the hard work required to meet the promise of that vision.”

Pfeiffer's Master's of Health Administration program is the largest in the Carolinas, with 1,200 alumni and whose graduate hold positions of executive leadership in every major healthcare system in North and South Carolina. Its baseball field, which is known as one of the finest small college fields in the region,  is named for Joe Ferebee, who over 30 years at Pfeiffer coached 42 players to major league contracts. And the Department of Criminal Justice in collaboration with Pfeiffer's Department of Accounting is responsible for developing a forthcoming new major in financial fraud and fraud examinations.

PHOTO CAPTION: Pfeiffer University honored its Gems on Sat., Sept. 16. They are Xan and Karyn Harrington (far left), who accepted the award presented posthumously for Ray Harrington; Coach Joe Ferebee (center); and Dr. Joel Vickers (third from right). Those honoring Pfeiffer's “Gems,” included Dave McIllquham, chair, board of trustees; Brack Bailey '60, presenter; Dr. Vernease Miller, dean, division of health related programs and presenter; Mike Miller, president; and Chris Bramlett, trustee emeritus and emcee.

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