MISENHEIMER – Scott Bullard will become the 11th president of Pfeiffer University.
Bullard, 42, is senior vice president and dean of the college at Judson College in Marion, Ala. In March, he completed a 16-month term as its interim president.
“His intellect, problem-solving skills and understanding of the opportunities and challenges really stand out,” Pfeiffer Board Chairman Bob Brietz said. “He is more than ready to lead our university.”
Bullard succeeds Colleen Perry Keith, who announced in February that she is resigning to become president of Goldey-Beacom College in Wilmington, Del. He starts June 1.
Bullard, a Lumberton native, successfully concluded a $20.4 million fundraising campaign begun under the previous president. During his interim presidency, Judson secured more than $5.4 million in gifts and pledges.
He is a published author, with works appearing in a number of academic journals and edited collections.
His book, “Re-membering the Body: The Eucharist and Ecclesial Unity,” focuses on the understanding and practice of the Eucharist, or Communion, and was published in 2013.
The following is a statement from Bullard about his appointment:
“This Spring, as I completed an interim presidency at a school that will always hold a special place in my heart, I received a phone call from a trusted friend in higher education in North Carolina who wanted to notify me of Pfeiffer’s need for a president. As I explored the opportunity, I found that Pfeiffer’s mission statement had two clauses that really jumped off the page at me: “transformational undergraduate experiences” and “leadership in professional and graduate programs that fill demonstrated needs.” As a native of North Carolina who has desired to return to the state but who has enjoyed serving a college “filling demonstrated needs” in rural Alabama alongside qualified and service-oriented colleagues, I knew I needed to explore this opportunity deeply. When I arrived on the campus in Misenheimer, I was immediately drawn to the campus’s beauty, but even more so to the students whom the search committee proudly introduced to me. As we ate together, laughed together, and talked about their backgrounds and hopes and dreams together, it was clear to me that their lives were being “transformed” by the Pfeiffer experience, the Pfeiffer faculty and staff. The following day, trips to the new Health Sciences building in Albemarle – which is being built as we speak – and the stunning location in a bustling Charlotte neighborhood, confirmed for me that the Pfeiffer mission statement that I had come to admire is indeed being embodied throughout the region. The institution is preparing leaders in health care, business, education, the arts, ministry, and many other disciplines, and because of the character of Pfeiffer employees, Pfeiffer graduates care most about serving others through their vocations. What an exciting place to serve. I am excited to begin working alongside such capable and engaged colleagues in service of students and a region that I have loved for a long time.”