--A series highlighting the leadership and accomplishments of Pfeiffer University under President Colleen Perry Keith since her arrival in July 2015.
Pfeiffer is Rising: Developing state-of-the-art facilities
Exciting changes are underway at Pfeiffer! President Keith’s priority for capital projects is the implementation of dynamic and innovative technology—positioning Pfeiffer as a great place to learn, live and work. To achieve this, we’re bringing in new technology designed to connect Pfeiffer’s campuses, operations and student services, all of which are vital to Pfeiffer being a competitive choice for undergraduate and graduate study.
Our new Charlotte campus opens this summer—at 1515 Mockingbird Lane, directly across the street from our familiar Park Road location. As the anchor tenant of this newly renovated, state-of-the-art, LEED-certified building, we remain a vital part of Charlotte’s Montford Park community and continue offering a convenient and leading-edge site for our graduate, certificate and degree completion programs. Joining the campus soon is the counseling center for our nationally ranked Marriage and Family Therapy program, which was previously located separately.
With Montford Park described as a “rapidly emerging as a hub for retail, dining and entertainment in the corridor between Uptown and SouthPark,” Pfeiffer’s campus becomes a beacon for the entire neighborhood. This fall, we’ll begin hosting creative special events and make available much needed space for meetings and conferences—and spearhead other exciting opportunities to connect and collaborate.
President Keith’s broad vision for a welcoming campus and invigorated spirit of hospitality emerged before her arrival. The first university leader in nearly a decade to live full time in the President’s House, she is an integral part Pfeiffer’s energetic campus life. Practical and hands-on, President Keith has jumpstarted large and small improvements to a number of campus facilities that are heightening the experiences of students—before and after they enroll.
The first stop for prospective students and their families is The Pfeiffer University Welcome Center, new home of the Offices of Admissions and Financial Aid. Described by President Keith as the place where “prospective students first envision themselves as Falcons,” the center and its staff welcome guests to the Pfeiffer Pfamily. The Delight and Garfield Merner Center was renovated through a generous gift from the Pfeiffer College class of 1968 and a grant from the Cannon Foundation; it will be dedicated at Homecoming 2017.
Additional updates are elevating the experience of students after they arrive. Wireless technology now extends across campus, including the Athletics fields and Gibson Lake House, for reliable, 24/7 connectivity. And renovations and new equipment in the Knapp Health and Fitness Center (thanks to gifts from the Cannon Foundation and Knapp family) are enhancing their health and wellness efforts—as well as those of faculty and staff.
Most visible to current students is a new, state-of-the-art IT Help Center, centrally located on the main floor of Stokes Student Center. This facility provides students with accessible, on-the-spot assistance with all their computer and technology needs. The IT Help Center and its expert and student-friendly staff provide frontline evidence of the digital transformation underway at Pfeiffer.
In addition, we’ll dedicate Emily Prudden Park this fall at Homecoming. This tranquil park, which surrounds the iconic statue of founder Emily Prudden, honors donors who have bequeathed gifts of $100,000 or more to Pfeiffer. It’s funded by generous gifts from Ben (’68) and Carol Williams and Richard (’54) and Peggy Sloan.
With a commitment to extend the boundaries of the Misenheimer campus further into the region, Pfeiffer announced in 2016 an expansion into neighboring downtown Albemarle for its first Stanly County-based graduate-level programs. *Occupational Therapy (OT) is scheduled to launch in 2019, followed in 2020 by Physician Assistant (PA).
These programs, with their focus on rural health and the Albemarle location, are projected to stimulate the local economy in the form of new housing (for graduate students and others), restaurants and retail. To maximize outcomes, President Keith worked closely with officials from Stanly County and the City of Albemarle to identify the property for a new health science facility.
Currently under construction, the four-story health sciences facility will include classrooms, simulated clinical, administrative and library space featuring technology that puts students on the forefront of the health sciences. Also on site will be they county’s first cadaver laboratory for pre-clinical training.
With these changes—and more to come—Pfeiffer University is capturing the attention of motivated students who hope to study here and accomplished scholars who aim to teach here. State-of-the-art facilities help signal a quality undergraduate or graduate experience, a message that is sure to resonate as Pfeiffer continues to rise under President Keith’s leadership.
Next: July 18—Pfeiffer is Growing: Attracting new (and more) students to the Pfeiffer Pfamily
*PA program will launch upon being granted Accreditation-Provisional status from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA), the field’s leading accreditor; similar status is required for the OT program from the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. (ACOTE).