The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)


July 11, 2014

Pfeiffer University president to retire

Friday, July 11, 2014 — Pfeiffer President Mike Miller has announced his retirement from the university. He will leave his post in August.

The following information is from Pfeiffer's website,

Michael C. Miller, president of Pfeiffer University since December 2010, has announced his retirement, effective Aug. 9, 2014. He will continue at Pfeiffer through the end of the year on a consulting basis to help guide the transition to new leadership.

During President Miller’s tenure, Pfeiffer University grew, adding undergraduate programs in nursing and financial fraud and fraud examinations as well as a graduate program in financial fraud investigations. In addition,  Pfeiffer Journey, a unique mentoring program that helps students assimilate to college life and prepare them for life success, became a definitive part of Pfeiffer’s culture. Under his leadership, campus enhancements have prepared the university to embark on a strategic plan recently approved by the board of trustees that will map Pfeiffer’s direction for the coming years.

“With $5.3 million invested in improvements at all three of Pfeiffer’s campuses since President Miller arrived, we’re well equipped to continue growing — physically and programmatically — into the future,” said Sharon Bard ’80, director of facilities.

“It’s extremely gratifying to have been a part of the Pfeiffer family during an important time in the university’s history,” said President Miller.

“Donna and I truly appreciate the sincere warmth extended to us by the entire community.”

A decision by Pfeiffer’s board of trustees in regard to interim leadership is pending. A committee consisting of representatives from the board of trustees, faculty and administration will conduct a private search for Pfeiffer University’s tenth president.

“Over the past four years, President and Mrs. Miller not only have served Pfeiffer University with the highest level of commitment but they’ve become a beloved part of the Pfeiffer community,” said Samuel “Chip” J. Asbury ’78, ’87 (MBA), chair, board of trustees.

 “We look forward to collaborating with Mike over the next several months as the new academic year begins and a new chapter starts for Pfeiffer and the Pfeiffer community.” 


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