Pfeiffer University News
Dr. Colleen Perry Keith Named Pfeiffer's Next President
- Published on Friday, February 20, 2015 ( 11:04 am )
Dr. Colleen Perry Keith has been named the tenth president of Pfeiffer University. The announcement was made earlier today by Pfeiffer’s board of trustees. Dr. Keith, who has served since 2009 as president of Spartanburg Methodist College (SMC), Spartanburg, S.C., will begin her term at Pfeiffer on July 1.
Regarded throughout the field of higher education as a thoughtful and effective leader, Dr. Keith has achieved extensive and noteworthy administrative and fundraising success over the course of her career. In 2010, she was named South Carolina Career Woman of the Year by the South Carolina Business and Professionals Woman’s Foundation.
Under her leadership, SMC updated and implemented its master and strategic plans, launched and completed a $15 million capital campaign; started two new academic programs; initiated new construction, renovated existing space and acquired property for expansion; enhanced public relations and marketing efforts that resulted in the doubling of inquiries from prospective students; and increased annual giving by 249 percent.
“I am honored, pleased, and excited that Dr. Colleen Keith has accepted the position of president of Pfeiffer University; she is absolutely the right person to lead Pfeiffer,” said Samuel “Chip” Asbury ’78, ’87 (MBA), board of trustees chair and leader of the Presidential Search Committee. “Dr. Keith has a demonstrated passion for students and their educational experience, a consistent track record of success in regard to student recruitment and fundraising, and an inherent understanding of the United Methodist tradition that will undoubtedly have a positive effect on two of our largest strategic initiatives: increasing enrollment for all educational programs and growing the institution’s endowment. This is a great day for Pfeiffer University and I look forward to welcoming Dr. Keith and her husband, Barry, to our community.”
Dr. Keith earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science from State University of New York, Binghamton; master of education, education counseling from University of Pittsburgh; and doctorate of philosophy in higher education administration and student affairs from The Ohio State University. Prior experience includes executive director of development, Ohio University; director of development, Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation; executive vice president, vice president of development and assistant to the president/capital campaign director for Methodist Theological School, Ohio.
To complement her administrative expertise, Dr. Keith has taught at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, specifically MBA and master of communications courses as well as qualitative research and data analysis for doctor of ministry students and university survey and orientation courses as part of undergraduate students’ introduction to college.
She currently serves on the boards of the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce, which she chairs; Mary Black Foundation; Greer Education Foundation; Arts Partnership; Spartanburg Academic Movement; Spartanburg Regional Hospital’s Hospice Home; and Habitat for Humanity of Spartanburg County. On the state level, she chairs the President’s Council for the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities organization and is the secretary for the South Carolina Tuition Grants commission. She also serves on the advisory board for South Carolina Women in Higher Education. On the national stage, she is past president of the National Association of Schools and Colleges of the United Methodist Church and continues on its board.
Pfeiffer students learn about branding at Charlotte Hornets symposium
- Published on Thursday, February 19, 2015 ( 11:20 am )
Recently Pfeiffer Sport Management students attended the Collegiate Business Symposium hosted by the Charlotte Hornets. The symposium provided a behind the scenes perspective, through a panel discussion, of the rebranding from the Bobcats to the Hornets.
Pfeiffer students compete at 2015 NCICU Ethics Bowl
- Published on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 ( 9:48 am )
On Feb. 6, the Pfeiffer University Ethics Bowl Team participated in the 4th Annual Ethics Bowl Competition, sponsored by North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU), at Campbell University School of Law, Raleigh. They joined students from 19 other North Carolina independent institutions as they debated the theme Ethics in Education.
Kristen Welsh '10 looks to save lives through communication
- Published on Friday, February 06, 2015 ( 2:16 pm )
Kristen Welsh ’10 is looking to go Beyond Boundaries and save lives. Now a graduate student at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida, Welsh was recruited to continue her education in the blossoming field of Human Factors. She is beginning her dissertation research with a project on creating a safer operating room for open heart surgery.
Pfeiffer establishes Alpha Mu Delta honors society
- Published on Monday, January 26, 2015 ( 4:37 pm )
Pfeiffer mourns the death of Emeritus Professor J. Griffin Campbell
- Published on Monday, January 12, 2015 ( 5:06 pm )
Dr. J. Griffin “Griff” Campbell, who taught English at Pfeiffer College from 1956-85, died suddenly on Mon., Jan. 12, 2015. He was 95.
During his tenure at Pfeiffer, Dr. Campbell, who at the time of his death resided in Burlington, N.C., with his wife, Mary Elizabeth (Betty) Fellers Campbell, was named an honorary alumnus of the class of 1965, a group he served as faculty advisor. While at Pfeiffer, he served as chair, division of Language and Literature; head of the English department; chair of the library committee; member of the presidential search committee (1968) and faculty sponsor for Order of the Sundial. He was a founder and former chair of the board of directors for Pfeiffer Friends of the Library. Upon his retirement, he was awarded emeritus professor status by the board of trustees.
Pfeiffer University earns 2015 Community Engagement Classification
- Published on Thursday, January 08, 2015 ( 3:14 pm )
Pfeiffer University has been selected by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching to receive its 2015 Community Engagement Classification. This designation is among the highest honors a college or university can achieve in recognition for the impact of its community service and engagement efforts.
Pfeiffer, classified initially in 2008, is among 157 colleges and universities nationwide to be reclassified for this honor and is joined by 83 new institutions receiving the classification for the first time this year and 121 others that were named in 2010. It is one of six private universities in North Carolina –among a total of 18 universities statewide—to hold this distinction.
Pfeiffer hosts annual Angel Tree celebration for local families
- Published on Thursday, December 18, 2014 ( 12:24 pm )
Pfeiffer University hosted its sixth annual Angel Tree Celebration, a student-run event through the Francis Center for Servant Leadership that sponsors families and children in need at Christmas time in partnership with the Stanly County Christian Ministry.
This year, 70 students participated in the event for 120 local children at Open Door Baptist Church, Richfield. In addition to traditional gift sharing, a Christmas dinner and party were organized for 18 Angel Tree families. The church provided an inflatable bounce house and magician. Various Pfeiffer student clubs and organizations sponsored booths where kids could write letters to Santa, decorate cookies or have their face painted.
Pfeiffer University selected as a top school by Military Advanced Education
- Published on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 ( 3:37 pm )
Pfeiffer University has been designated by Military Advanced Education (MAE) as a Top School in its 2015 MAE Guide to Colleges & Universities. The guide, which measures best practices in military and veteran education, is available in the December issue of MAE and online at www.mae-kmi.com.
Pfeiffer Sport Management active at ACC Football Championship Game
- Published on Friday, December 12, 2014 ( 4:49 pm )
For the third consecutive year Pfeiffer Sport Management students were active in serving the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) at their annual football championship game in uptown Charlotte at Bank of America Stadium.
Lacy Lange, Volunteer Director of the ACC Football Championship expressed her appreciation in partnering with Pfeifer University, “Pfeiffer’s Sport Management students who volunteered for the 2014 Dr Pepper Football Championship played a vital role in the success of Championship Weekend. We can’t thank them enough.”
Pfeiffer students and professors roll up their sleeves for “I Love My City”
- Published on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 ( 2:56 pm )
A group of 35 students and faculty members from Pfeiffer’s business management and leadership program recently participated in “I Love My City,” a designated day of service during which volunteers help homeowners in Concord, Kannapolis and China Grove, North Carolina, make repairs to their homes and property that are too costly for them to make individually.
Ascot Society Alumni Book Collection unveiled at Pfeiffer Library
- Published on Saturday, October 04, 2014 ( 10:57 am )
On Friday, Pfeiffer University cut a ribbon that officially opened the Ascot Society Alumni Book Collection, which features books authored by Pfeiffer alumni, in the newly renovated Joan Rengel Eargle Reading Room at G.A. Pfeiffer Library.
Also available in the new space are the Barbara Earnhardt Contemporary Poetry Collection, donated by North Carolina author Heather Ross Miller in honor of retired Pfeiffer professor Barbara Earnhardt, and the NC Writers Collection, which spotlights the works of North Carolina writers.
- Homecoming 2014 : "Connected: We are Pfeiffer"
- Pfeiffer Campuses Welcome New Faculty
- Pfeiffer Sports Hall of Famer Ferri-Lewis Featured by NCAA
- Friends of the Library Welcomes Smoky Mountains Author Wally Avett
- 2014 Events Plus Subscriptions Available
- Pfeiffer University announces Dr. Jerry Boone as interim president
Pfeiffer University’s teacher education programs receive national accreditation through 2021
December 16, 2014
Pfeiffer Campuses Welcome New Faculty
August 26, 2014