Servant Leadership Council

Pfeiffer University’s Faculty Handbook describes the Servant Leadership Council as a body that “represents all Pfeiffer constituencies in recommending policies, programs and initiatives for the Center for Servant Leadership. The Council serves as a liaison to the campus to facilitate the incorporation of servant leadership initiatives in curricular and co-curricular life.” Membership includes two faculty representatives (one undergraduate and one graduate), one Student Development staff member, the Pastor of the Village Church, the Director of Service Scholars, the Vice-President of Academic Affairs, the Dean of Engaged Learning, a Francis Center Service Scholar and a representative from athletics. The Faculty Fellow for the Francis Center presides as the chairperson.

Servant Leadership Council Statement of Purpose

(Spring 2014)

In its “Statement of Values” (p. 11 of the “Statement of Enterprise Strategy”), Pfeiffer University commits to six guiding values, one of which is “Service and Leadership.” The document explains,

“At the heart of authentic leadership is a commitment to genuine service. Pfeiffer University inculcates in members of its educational community the principles of “servant leadership,” including a discovery of one’s own leadership style and talents for service, empathetic understanding and compassion for others, personal and professional competence, collaboration and skilled communications, personal ethics and moral authority, stewardship, and a mutually reinforcing willingness to serve and lead”.

Thus, the Servant Leadership Council, in fulfilling its mission to recommend policies, programs and initiatives for the Francis Center for Servant Leadership and to serve as liaison to the campus to facilitate the incorporation of servant leadership initiatives in curricular and co-curricular life, acknowledges that it will

1. Demonstrate for both graduate and undergraduate faculty across all campuses the various kinds of academic exercises that would honor the university’s commitment to the principles of servant leadership defined in the “Statement of Values”

2. Offer leadership development opportunities for faculty, staff and students that teach, apply and support servant leadership practices

3. Develop a set of goals on a yearly basis that the Servant Leadership Council believes will support the “Statement of Values”

4. Include all campuses beyond Misenheimer in the Francis Center’s activities, assessments, workshops and awards

5. Collaborate with Francis Center staff members as they craft revisions to the Center’s mission statement, assessment goals and five-year plan

Pfeiffer University Students Serve to Combat Homelessness and Hunger during Winter Break

WinterBreak Wilmington BSeveral Pfeiffer University students spent part of their winter break in Wilmington, N.C., serving organizations whose missions are to combat hunger and homelessness in Wilmington and surrounding communities. Over the course of the three-day trip coordinated by the Francis Center for Servant Leadership, students volunteered with Wilmington Habitat for Humanity, Good Shepherd Center and Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.

“We helped build a house, cleaned dormitories and packaged rice into family-sized bags,” said senior Brittney Quaranto. “The trip was the experience of a lifetime and definitely made me appreciate all that I have.”



Pfeiffer University students “Give Kids the World” during fall break

GiveKidsTheWorld Oct13During their fall break, 15 Pfeiffer University students and two staff members traveled to Kissimmee, Fla., to participate in a service project with Give Kids the World, a nonprofit organization that provides vacations free of charge to children facing life-threatening illnesses and their families.


Pfeiffer senior Melissa Roberts honored for work in community

Pfeiffer - MRoberts HeadshotRoberts, other Pfeiffer students and staff to present at upcoming conference

Melissa Roberts, a senior at Pfeiffer University, has received a 2013 Community Impact Student Award. Given by North Carolina Campus Compact, an association of colleges and universities committed to fostering campus-community engagement, the award recognizes one outstanding student on each campus for making a difference in the community. Roberts is one of nineteen students across the state to be honored.


The Confucius Institute at Pfeiffer University is recognized for leading calligraphy immersion courses

confuciusThe Confucius Institute at Pfeiffer University has implemented two calligraphy immersion courses at two schools in the Charlotte area, Waddell Language Academy and Metrolina Regional Scholars Academy.