Pfeiffer University to move to new Charlotte campus adjacent to current Park Road location


Pfeiffer University announces a move for its Charlotte campus in the summer of 2017 to the Park Seneca building, located at 1515 Mockingbird Lane, directly across the street from its current Park Road location.

Located since 1996 at 4701 Park Road, Pfeiffer recently sold its highly recognizable five-acre parcel at the corner of Park Road and Mockingbird Lane, which includes the 50,000 square-foot building it currently inhabits in large part for its operations (with the remainder leased) and adjacent undeveloped real estate, to Crescent Properties. The university will lease 26,440 square feet on three floors of the Park Seneca, which is managed by Grubb Properties. The redesign and renovation of the leased space will be led by Charlotte-based Little Diversified Architectural Consulting.

“With the sale of our Park Road campus, Pfeiffer University seized an opportunity to remain part of a dynamic and growing neighborhood that has been vital to our success in Charlotte,” said Dr. Colleen Perry Keith, president.  “The timing of the move to the Park Seneca allows for completion of the spring 2017 semester and an immediate and seamless transition to the start of traditional and online summer classes in new space.”

With this move, Pfeiffer becomes the Park Seneca’s anchor tenant. In addition to completing renovations that will accommodate the university’s classroom and library space, required technology for seated and online programs, Marriage and Family Therapy program counseling clinic, and administrative operations, Grubb Properties will add distinctive signage to the building indicating Pfeiffer’s predominant position. Grubb also will construct a roadway that connects Mockingbird Lane to the Park Seneca property to be named Pfeiffer Way. 

“Pfeiffer University is a great fit for 1515 Mockingbird Lane, and the renovations will provide it with a state-of-the-art space custom-designed to serve its students, faculty, and administrators,” said Jonathan Nance, senior vice president of investments at Grubb Properties. “We are proud to help Pfeiffer University continue its contributions to the energetic and growing Montford Park neighborhood.”

Since Dr. Keith’s arrival to Pfeiffer in July 2015, she has led—with the support of the board of trustees—the implementation of a strategic plan designed to drive the university forward in a competitive higher education environment at its traditional undergraduate campus in Stanly County as well as its Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham locations, where graduate and degree completion programs are offered on-site and online. The decision to sell the Park Road property supports the university’s strategic plan in a number of ways.

“The ability to move to a state-of-the-art facility allows Pfeiffer to improve a key institutional facility as well as invest in technology that not only enhances classroom and online teaching and learning but also prepares students for leadership in today’s most innovative and forward-moving industries,” said Dr. Keith. “We’re confident that it also will raise Pfeiffer’s visibility among current and prospective students and faculty members, and potential strategic partners; it’s a win for all our constituencies.”

Pfeiffer University’s presence emerged in Charlotte initially in the 1970s, at first offering undergraduate criminal justice courses. Over time and several campus locations, additional undergraduate degree completion programs were introduced to include business management and leadership, health administration, human relations and interdisciplinary studies, now available entirely online. In 1985, Pfeiffer introduced its MBA program, followed in 1989 by a graduate program in Christian Education, now known as Master of Arts in Practical Theology (MAPT). Today, those as well as the Carolinas’ largest Master of Health Administration (MHA) program, Master of Science in Leadership (MSL) program (and joint programs MBA/MHA, MBA/MSL and MHA/MSL), North Carolina’s first Master of Science in Financial Fraud Investigations program, Master of Science in Education, and Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy round out current graduate programs.

Through its Partnership Program, Pfeiffer extends a tuition discount to employees of businesses and organizations that wish to offer professional development opportunities through graduate and degree completion programs. Among its Charlotte-based partners are Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, Time Warner Cable and Piedmont Community College.