Patty Pfeiffer, a Wayne Community College vice president, has been selected as interim president as the board of trustees searches for its seventh president.
Pfeiffer will take on the role after Thomas Walker, WCC president, steps down on July 23. Walker has been with the college since September 2016.
Walker accepted a post with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he will be the senior adviser for economic development and military affairs for the UNC system. He will work as a liaison between the UNC and N.C. Community Colleges systems.
The WCC board of trustees selected Pfeiffer June 22 and also discussed the process for hiring a new president, which includes the creation of a presidential search committee.
“Being selected to lead Wayne Community College as interim president is an incredible honor,” Pfeiffer said. “I thank the board of trustees for their confidence in me and their support.”
Pfeiffer has been the WCC vice president for academic and student services since December 2018, first on an interim basis before she was officially offered the job in May 2019.
“With support from the outstanding team of faculty, staff and administrators on this campus, I look forward to continuing our work of changing students’ lives in a positive way,” Pfeiffer said. “I also look forward to working collaboratively with our community partners that include our local school district, business and industry and other organizations to reach all Wayne County citizens and enable them to reach their academic and career goals.”
Pfeiffer has been employed at WCC since November 1994 when she joined the faculty as a nursing instructor. She moved up the ranks to Nursing Department chair in 2008, Allied Health and Public Services Division dean in 2010, and chief of staff and vice president of institutional effectiveness and innovation in March 2018.
Pfeiffer received an associate degree in nursing from WCC in 1988. She also earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from East Carolina University in 1992, a master’s degree in administration from Central Michigan University in 1999, a master’s degree in nursing from ECU in 2007, and a doctorate in education, higher education and adult learning from Walden University in 2015.
She is a member of the American Association of Community Colleges’ Commission on Small and Rural Colleges. Pfeiffer also serves on the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Military Affairs Committee, UNC-Wayne Foundation board of directors, and the Partnership for Children of Wayne County board of directors and on its Resource, Development and Marketing Committee.