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Francis Center for Servant Leadership

The Francis Center for Servant Leadership helps Pfeiffer University fulfill its mission to prepare servant leaders for lifelong learning by coordinating service activities and programs on its various campuses.

Dr. Ashley Oliphant is the faculty fellow for the Francis Center. The faculty fellow and the director of service scholars oversee a wide range of service and civic engagement activities for students, faculty, staff and community members and manage two service scholarships. The Francis Center also coordinates with faculty members to facilitate effective service-learning experiences in Pfeiffer classes.

The University's Bonner AmeriCorps and Francis Scholar programs offer educational awards for students who are committed to long-term engagement in service. Director of Service Scholars Kelly Misiak helps place students in meaningful community partnerships with groups and organizations in surrounding counties and develops service projects for Pfeiffer's campuses. In conjunction with the North Carolina Campus Compact, the Francis Center staff members organize conference opportunities in the fall and spring for students in order to promote the development of civically engaged graduates.

Francis Center staff members coordinate campus-wide educational programs such as Campus Week of Dialogue and Hunger and Homelessness Week in the fall and Servant Leadership Week in the spring. Additionally, the Francis Center sponsors or co-sponsors four free or low-cost alternative break trips each year.

Pfeiffer University is a proud member of the North Carolina Campus Compact and the Bonner Foundation of Princeton, N.J. The University has received the Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement and is a multiple-time recipient of the President's Higher Education Honor Roll award.

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Kelly Misiak
Dr. Ashley Oliphant
Faculty Fellow
Kelly Misiak
Director, Service Scholars

For more information about scholarship opportunities, service events, community partnerships and faculty development, contact Dr. Ashley Oliphant, faculty fellow of the Francis Center for Servant Leadership and assistant professor of English at (704) 463-3123 or


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