@cpkeith @Pfeiffer1885 June 22

My daily post theme for 2017 is on Colleges and Universities.

The plan for starting my blog back in 2014 was at the urging of fellow coaching colleagues to share posts on leadership and/or motivation. Somehow that idea got derailed and turned into daily posts on one theme for an entire year.

In 2014 my daily posts were on the “Beer of the Day”, 2015 it was “A Friend of a Friend”, 2016 I wrote about “North Carolina”, and for 2017 I will focus on “Colleges and Universities”.

I have been associated with colleges since I was 18 and I love them. I have coached/worked at four different universities and in my professional and personal travels visited 100’s more. Each college has something in its history that I want to share that to me make it unique or personal.

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Name of University: Pfeiffer University

Location: Misenheimer NC

Having colleges change locations as part of their history is nothing new or novel. Where some of the colleges originated from is often fascinating. I pride myself on trying to know every nook and cranny in the State of North Carolina. When I read up on Pfeiffer University’s history I was amazed they started out in a place I did not know.

Pfeiffer was established in 1885 by Emily Prudden and was originally named Oberlin Home and School. Emily was a seventh generation descendant of Methodist minister Peter Prudden. The Oberlin Home and School was located at Lick Mountain, NC.

emily prudden

I guess the reason I was stumped is that Lick Mountain Lick is a physical feature (summit) in Caldwell County not actually a town or city. It is located close to Lenoir, NC and its elevation is around 1900 feet.

After a 1908 fire, the school relocated from Lick Mountain to Lenoir and in 1910 the school moved to its current location in Misenheimer, North Carolina. Three years later the school awarded high school diplomas.


Up until 1935 Pfeiffer went by the name Mitchell Junior College.  The named changed to Pfeiffer Junior College after Henry and Annie Pfeiffer funded four facilities and the Presidents House in 1935.


In 1996 Pfeiffer College became known as Pfeiffer University. Today the school has an enrollment of less than 2,000 students and is led by their president Dr. Colleen Perry Keith.


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