• 72°

Pfeiffer University president leaving at end of school year for job in Delaware

Leaving

Colleen Keith

Staff report

MISENHEIMER — Pfeiffer University announced Sunday that Colleen Perry Keith, its 10th and first woman president, will leave effective May 31 to become president of Goldey-Beacom College in Wilmington, Delaware.

“It is always tough to make this kind of decision,” Keith said. “Great things are happening at Pfeiffer, and there is a strategy in place that will take the university into the next phase of success. A driving force behind this decision is family. Being in Delaware will put us less than two hours from my son.”

The Pfeiffer board of trustees will identify the next steps to fill the presidency, the school said in a news release.

“We are going to miss Dr. Keith, but we have a strong board and strong team that will keep Pfeiffer moving forward,” trustees Chairman Bob Brietz said. “This kind of change in leadership at this point in an organization’s success is not uncommon.”

Keith came to Pfeiffer in July 2015. Under her leadership, the university “took several strategic steps to lay the foundation for a secure financial future,” the news release said.

Examples include the sale and move of the Charlotte campus; moving athletics from NCAA Division II to Division III; refinancing of debt and programs to borrow from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for upgrades on the Misenheimer campus and a building in downtown Albemarle for the graduate health science programs; increasing undergraduate enrollment; and adding an up-to-date technological infrastructure in critical areas such as enrollment.

Working closely alongside Keith in these efforts has been the senior leadership team, the university said.

“The Pfeiffer team is highly qualified, and the university is well positioned for the future,” Keith said. “I have appreciated the warm welcome I received from the communities that Pfeiffer is part of during my time here and the collegial work of our board at Pfeiffer.”

Comments

Education

North Rowan High student creates artwork for Community Care Clinic

Kannapolis

Rugby coming to Kannapolis on Sept. 25

Education

RSS superintendent talks to Chamber of Commerce about renewal, state of public education

Crime

Prosecution in Fishzilla murder case introduces more witness accounts, handgun used in shooting

Local

Volunteers needed as High Rock Lake to host fourth annual Clean Sweep event on Saturday

High School

High school volleyball: West back on track after sweeping Carson

Local

GOP candidate, Lexington attorney Jim Snyder dead at 76

Nation/World

Judge says farm workers’ union law provision is unconstitutional

Coronavirus

For second day in a row, six new COVID-19 deaths reported in Rowan County

Local

Main Street repaving scheduled to start Monday evening

Crime

Sex offender faces new charges for living too close to Head Start in China Grove

Crime

Salisbury man wanted for August murder on Carpenters Circle

Local

One-of-a-kind barn quilt goes up in western Rowan County

Crime

Fishzilla murder trial continues with employee testimony, footage of deadly arcade shooting

Education

Education Briefs: Catawba announces professional certifications

High School

High school football Week 5: Hornets at home against Thomasville

Education

Local colleges finds spots on latest U.S. News and World Report rankings

Faith

Christiana Lutheran Church to celebrate 150th homecoming

Local

Spencer authorizes COVID-19 sick leave for vaccinated employees

Crime

Charges coming for two in altercation involving bag of cans, warning shot

Education

RCCC honors employees as ‘COVID-19 Heroes’

Education

Livingstone golf coach, three others honored as ‘Living Legends’

Nation/World

SpaceX launches 4 amateurs on private Earth-circling trip

News

Angry over 2020 ballot deal, NC Republicans vote to limit AG