Pfeiffer University has received three grants totaling $500,000 from The Cannon Foundation and its affiliated philanthropic entities, Charles A. Cannon Charitable Trusts and Mariam and Robert Hayes Charitable Trust for capital projects on Pfeiffer’s Misenheimer campus. Funding will support the completion of renovations to the Delight and Garfield Merner Center, which is being updated to become the Pfeiffer University Welcome Center, and changes to J. Lem Stokes Student Center and Knapp Health and Fitness Center.
The Welcome Center, whose renovation is funded primarily by a generous gift from the Pfeiffer College class of 1968, will be the new home for the university’s Offices of Admissions and Financial Aid and a first stop for all campus visitors and prospective students. The Cannon Charitable Interest funding supports work in progress and new furnishings ahead of the building’s scheduled dedication at Homecoming 2017, Sept. 22-23. It also funds an upgraded air conditioning system for the Knapp Center and renovations to the Office of Student Affairs suite in Stokes Student Center, projects that reflect Pfeiffer’s priority to put first the safety and well-being of students.
“Pfeiffer University is extremely grateful to The Cannon Charitable Interests for their investment in our beautiful campus and, ultimately, our students,” said Dr. Colleen Perry Keith, president. “This funding makes possible the availability of state-of-the-art facilities, essential for recruiting and retaining the best and brightest students. The impact will be immediate on the incoming freshman class, expected to be the largest in more than 30 years, as well as upperclassmen returning for fall 2017 and future generations of Pfeiffer students.”