Patty Pfeiffer has been named Wayne Community College’s newest vice president.

It was a role she had served in as interim since December, following the departure of Gene Smith, hired as president at Brunswick Community College.

The board of trustees officially approved her to become the vice president for academic and student services.

“Dr. Pfeiffer provides this institution with superb leadership,” said WCC President Thomas A. Walker Jr. “Wayne Community College is fortunate to have the standard of excellence that she brings to this position and that she has exhibited her entire career.”

A product of the college’s associate degree nursing program, she also holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing, a master’s degree in nursing and administration and a doctorate in education, higher education and adult learning.

She has been with the college since November 1994, when she joined the faculty as a nursing instructor. Since then, she has moved up the ranks to nursing department chairwoman 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.

Prior to her WCC career, Pfeiffer worked as a nurse and nursing assistant. She maintains her nursing credentials. She is licensed as a registered nurse in North Carolina, nationally as an inpatient obstetric nurse and is a certified nurse educator. 

She has received many awards related to nursing and education. In 2015 she was recognized at the local and district levels of the Association of Educational Office Professionals as the Administrator of the Year and was a finalist at the state level. She was the 2007 Excellence in Teaching Award winner at WCC and a finalist for the award at the state level. In 2015 she received a National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Excellence Award.