Community Room Named in Honor of Dr. Colleen Perry Keith

Dr. Colleen Keith, Barry Keith, and Bob Brietz

In a farewell reception for Dr. Colleen Perry Keith, Board of Trustees Chairman Bob Brietz announced that the Community Room located on the second floor of the Stokes Student Center will be named "The Keith Community Room" in honor of her tenure as president of Pfeiffer University. Brietz went on to say that "under President Keith's leadership, Pfeiffer's connection to the Albemarle and Stanly County community has flourished. Recognizing her efforts by naming this central campus space The Keith Community Room is a fitting tribute."

Dr. Keith came to Pfeiffer in July 2015 as Pfeiffer's 10th and first female president. Under her leadership, Pfeiffer took several strategic steps to lay the foundation for a secure financial future. These steps include the sale and move of the Charlotte campus; moving athletics from NCAA Division II to NCAA Division III; refinancing of debt and program to borrow from the USDA for capital upgrades on the Misenheimer campus and to create a building for the University's graduate health science programs in downtown Albemarle; increasing enrollment in the undergraduate program; and implementation of an up-to-date technological infrastructure in critical areas such as enrollment. 

In February of 2019, it was announced that Keith will be the next president at Goldey-Beacom College in Wilmington, Delaware.