Meet President Scott Bullard
Scott Bullard, Ph.D., is Pfeiffer's 11th president.
The board of trustees approved Dr. Bullard's appointment after a search by an internal committee that included representatives of the trustees, alumni board, and key academic and administrative departments.
Dr. Bullard, who previously served as interim president, senior vice president, and dean of the college at Judson College in Marion, Alabama, lives on Pfeiffer's Misenheimer campus in the president's residence with wife, Shannon, and their four children, Judson, Desmond, Campbell, and Walker.
"Pfeiffer is preparing leaders in health care, business, education, the arts, ministry, and many other disciplines," Bullard said, "and because of the character of Pfeiffer employees, Pfeiffer graduates care most about serving others through their vocations. What an exciting place to serve. I am excited to be working alongside such capable and engaged colleagues in service of students and a region that I have loved for a long time."
A North Carolina native, Bullard was born in Lumberton and graduated from Scotland High School in Laurinburg. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Campbell University, a Master of Divinity from Duke University and a Ph.D. in theology from Baylor University.
Bullard served at Duke as a teaching assistant and worked as a development officer for the nonprofit Stop Hunger Now before going on to Baylor. He was also an adjunct professor at two Texas colleges.
Judson is the nation's fifth-oldest women's college. It hired Bullard in 2008 to teach religion and serve as co-campus chaplain. He went on to chair the Humanities Division and to lead Judson's religion department before he was named dean in 2012 and senior vice president in 2015.
In 2010, the college's graduating seniors voted to honor Bullard with the Lula and Alton Holley Excellence in Classroom Teaching Award. The award goes annually to a faculty member who demonstrates excellence in, and love for, teaching.
In 2017, Judson's board of trustees named Bullard interim president when longtime Judson President David Potts took a health-related leave of absence. Potts passed away in March 2018.
Bullard successfully concluded a $20.4 million fundraising campaign begun under Potts' presidency. During Bullard's interim presidency, Judson secured more than $5.4 million in gifts and pledges, including many donations toward the renovation of Judson's library and the funding of additional student scholarships.
Bullard is a published author, with works appearing in several academic journals and edited collections. His book, "Re-membering the Body: The Eucharist and Ecclesial Unity," focuses on the understanding and practice of the Eucharist, or Communion, and was published in 2013.
Executive Leadership Team
Dr. Tracy Espy – Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Robin Leslie - Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer
Ron Laffitte – Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Aimee Bellmore – Faculty Senate Chair
Sharon Bard – Director of Facilities
Twyla Kidd – Director of Human Resources
Board of Trustees
OFFICERS OF THE BOARD
Mr. Robert J. Brietz, Chairman
Rev. Joy Thornburg Melton, Vice Chairman
Ms. Kathleen E. Kennedy, Secretary
Mr. Benny Merrell, Treasurer
CLASS OF 2018
Mr. Samuel J. “Chip” Asbury, IV ’78, ’87 MBA
Mr. Robert J. Brietz ’65
Rev. Joy Thornburg Melton ’77
Mr. Steven K. Pugh
Mr. Russell C. Ring ’85
Business/Government Affairs Executive
Mr. Marshall C. Rogers, Sr.
Class of 2019
Rev. Julianne Brittain ’77
Mrs. Jane Sidbury Crisco ’63
Mrs. Anne Rendleman Daniel ’67
Mr. Lawrence Groves ’66
Retired University Administrator
Mr. Albert L. Rose ’63
Mr. Arch Y. Stokes
Class of 2020
Mr. Roger L. Dick
Ms. Kathleen E. Kennedy '74
Mr. Benny Merrell '65
Retired Business Executive
Rev. G. Scott Middleton
West Columbia, SC
Mr. A. James Russell
Dr. Terry V. Swicegood '66
Litchfield Park, AZ
Mr. Richard W. Thames ’75
Class of 2022
Mr. Bill R. Bedsole ’14
Mr. David B. Miller ’04
Emeriti (Life) Members
Dr. Christopher L. Bramlett
Mr. Thomas M. Grady ’63
Dr. William H. Grigg ’93 (Hon.)
Mr. H. Robert Herold, II
Mr. Warren D. Knapp ’66
Dr. Richard L. Petty ’92 (Hon.)
Dr. George E. Thompson ’65, ’90 (Hon.)
Mr. George P. Waters ’65
Mt. Pleasant, S.C.
Mr. Tomy Aldridge ’75
President, Pfeiffer University Alumni Association
Rev. Laura Hubbard Auten ’87
Uwharrie District Superintendent
The Western N.C. Conference of the UMC
Dr. David Hollar
Chair, Faculty Senate
Ms. Julia Willis
President, United Methodist Women
The Western NC Conference of the UMC
Bishop Paul Leeland
Lake Junaluska, N.C.
The Western N.C. Conference of the UMC
Mrs. Della Daniel Raines ’74
Surfside Beach, SC
President-Elect, Pfeiffer University Alumni Association
Ms. Nancy Reigel
Treasurer, United Methodist Women
The Western NC Conference of the UMC
Committee Chairs of the Board:
Academic Experience: Joy Melton
Advancement: Al Rose
Enrollment & Marketing: Larry Groves
FAIR: Benny Merrell
Governance & Trusteeship: Rusty Ring
A History of Leadership: Pfeiffer’s Past Presidents
Strong leaders have influenced Pfeiffer's success over the years, taking the university from its original status as a day school through its years as a junior college and college, before becoming the unified, multi-campus university it is today. They are:
Dr. Wick Shafter Sharp
President of Pfeiffer Junior College 1933-1943
Achievements: Construction of the President's Home, Cline, Goode, Merner and Rowe Halls (1935); Jane Freeman Hall (1937); Washington Hall and Henry Pfeiffer Chapel (1942); named Stanly County Man of the Year (1936).
Mr. C. M. (Chi) Waggoner
President of Pfeiffer Junior College 1943-1953
Achievements: Construction of Mitchell Gym; significant endowment growth, curricular improvements for transfer and terminal programs for liberal, commercial and industrial arts, and home economics.
Dr. J. Lem Stokes II
President of Pfeiffer Junior College 1953-1955; President of Pfeiffer College 1955-1968
Achievements: Presided over the first commencement after Pfeiffer became a four-year institution. Construction of Harris Science Building; Stokes Student Center; G.A. Pfeiffer Library; Kluftinger, Foote, Plyler, Vaughn and Ervin Halls and James Apartments. Pfeiffer recognized as one of the fastest-growing private colleges in the country (1955-58); second college to receive accreditation on its first application from the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools (1957); voted by University Senate of the Methodist Church to membership (1960). Stokes resigned in Oct. 1968 to lead the 1968-72 Quadrennial Emphasis of the United Methodist Church: A New Church in a New World.
Dr. Jack J. Early
President of Pfeiffer College 1968-1971
Achievements: Construction of Merner Health and Physical Education Center.
Dr. Douglas R. Sasser
President of Pfeiffer College 1971-1978
Achievements: Grew endowment to $2.3 million. Led the Circle of Faith campaign, which generated $7.5 million for scholarships, faculty development, and on-campus programs. Established three endowed chairmanships. Opened Charlotte campus with undergraduate studies in criminal justice. Following his time at Pfeiffer, Dr. Sasser was named the first layman president of Scarritt College (1978).
Dr. Cameron West
President of Pfeiffer College 1978-1988
Achievements: Professor of education at Pfeiffer 1956-60 and academic dean 1960-66; served as president of North Carolina Association of Independent Colleges and Universities and helped found the National Association of Independent Colleges. Grace and Cameron West Art Gallery/Misenheimer Campus named in his honor. Named an honorary member of the Pfeiffer class of 1966, honorary alumnus and awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree from Pfeiffer. After retiring from Pfeiffer, served as interim president of Brevard College; was instrumental in the creation of the North Carolina Legislative Tuition Grant, which has enabled hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians to afford higher education at the state's independent colleges and universities.
Dr. Zane Eargle
President of Pfeiffer University 1988-1998
Achievements: Led the transition in status from college to university and the related extension of programs to surrounding areas, most notably, Charlotte. Oversaw the debut of the Knapp Tennis Center, the first new construction on campus in 25 years. Created with Richard Petty and served as honorary campaign chairman for the Legacy of Tomorrow campaign. Other accomplishments include serving as superintendent of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School system and as associate dean, School of Education, UNC Chapel-Hill.
Dr. Charles Ambrose
President of Pfeiffer University 1998-2010
Achievements: Led the 21st Century Transformation Plan, designed to improve the Misenheimer campus; renovation of Mitchell Gym (now Knapp Center), Jane Freeman Hall, Henry Pfeiffer Chapel, Stokes Student Center, Administration Building, Cline and Washington Halls; construction of Harris Science Annex and New Hall. Strengthened ties between Pfeiffer and the United Methodist Church, with a goal that Pfeiffer be recognized as "the model church-related institution preparing servant leaders for lifelong learning." Opened Francis Center for Servant Leadership (2000); created connections with AmeriCorps; established Bonner Leaders program.
Mr. Mike Miller
President of Pfeiffer University 2010-2014
Achievements: Led the university during its 10-year SACS accreditation in 2012. Added undergraduate programs in nursing and financial fraud and fraud examinations. Added a graduate program in financial fraud investigations. Oversaw the expansion of the graduate program in marriage and family therapy to the Raleigh-Durham campus. Promoted the establishment of The Pfeiffer Journey, a unique mentoring program that helps students assimilate to college life and prepares them for lifelong success, as a core part of Pfeiffer’s culture. Over $5.3 million in enhancements on all three campuses.
Dr. Jerry Boone
Interim President of Pfeiffer University, Aug. 2014-June 2015
Achievements: Dr. Boone, who served Pfeiffer College as dean of student affairs and associate professor of English from 1969-82, returned to serve as interim president for a year.
Dr. Colleen Perry Keith
President of Pfeiffer University, 2015-2019
Achievements: Dr. Keith, served as Pfeiffer University's 10th and first female president. Led the university to begin construction of a new health science campus in Albemarle, NC and the expansion of graduate programming with two new degrees in Physician Assistant Studies and a Doctorate of Occupational Therapy. Added the RN-BSN nursing program. Secured USDA loan to complete campus improvement projects which enabled the expansion of the nursing program. Grew student enrollment to record levels and increased retention. Oversaw transition from NCAA Division II to NCAA Division III.