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Music: WWC Student Performances

January 25th, 2013

March 12: WWC Chorale at Givens Retirement Community, 7pm April 12: WWC Old-Time String Band and Bluegrass Band, Feed & Seed Fletcher, NC, 7:30-9:30pm April 14: WWC Gamelan at the spring Concert of World Music and Dance, Kittredge Theater, 3pm April 20: Fiddles and Folklife Festival, Bryson Gym, 12-5pm April 22: WWC Old Time String [...]


Commencement 2012

September 14th, 2011

I am very pleased to announce that Grammy Award winner Janis Ian has accepted my invitation to deliver the main address at our 2012 Commencement. The ceremony will be May 12 at 10 a.m. on Sunderland Lawn.


My Retirement in June 2012

February 11th, 2011

Today I informed the Board of Trustees that I’ll retire from Warren Wilson College in June 2012, a year from this June. At the time of my
retirement, I will have served six years as the sixth president of the College, and I feel very fortunate to have been part of this special community.


Periodic report to campus

December 20th, 2010

I’m starting this campus update on the first day of semester break (Saturday), after students have made it home and begun recovering from a busy semester. As I walked from home to office this morning, I again realized how still this place becomes during breaks. A few days of relative quiet are fine, but all of us living on campus prefer the buzz of activity when students return. In the meantime, here are some reflections on the semester just over and the one ahead.


Strategic Plan update from President Pfeiffer

September 28th, 2010

To keep you informed about the progress of the 2010-2015 Strategic Plan, I would like to share with you the following information.


2010 Convocation Address

August 9th, 2010

My thanks to all of you who worked so hard this summer on conferences, deferred maintenance, renovation, green walk-abouts, campus tours for students and parents, our fiscal audit, and many more activities that kept the College running. It was another successful summer, and I appreciate all you and your crews contributed to our success. I [...]


Promotion of Richard Blomgren

June 23rd, 2010

I am very pleased to announce that Richard Blomgren has been promoted to the position of Vice President for Advancement, Admission, and Marketing, effective July 1, 2010.


President Pfeiffer’s report to campus

May 28th, 2010

At Commencement we awarded degrees to about 200 graduates and heard a wonderful address by Tony Earley, an alumnus and award-winning author.


Strategic Plan Update

February 22nd, 2010

On February 12 the Board of Trustees approved the Strategic Plan as developed to date. This action was an important endorsement of the fine contributions so many of you have made in this endeavor.


December 1, 2009 Report to Campus

December 2nd, 2009

The College remains in excellent shape as we close in on 2010. In large part, our success flows from daily decisions all of you make to live our mission and spread the word to others. Our shared sense of purpose creates a bond uncommon in any organization. We should cherish it, nourish it, and never take it for granted.


Strategic Plan

September 25th, 2009

This week the Board of Trustees Planning Committee approved the latest draft of the Strategic Plan. The draft now goes to the full Board for review at its October 9-10 meeting. After that meeting we’ll make final changes before submission to the Board in December.


Interim Deanship of Service-Learning

September 11th, 2009

As previously announced, Franklin Tate recently resigned from his position as Interim Dean of Service-Learning as of September 18 to direct a new youth education program for Trout Unlimited. Today I’m writing to inform you that Debra Kiliru will become Interim Dean of Service-Learning as of September 21. Please join me in congratulating Debra.


Franklin Tate

August 31st, 2009

I am writing to inform you that Franklin Tate has resigned as Interim Dean of Service-Learning, effective September 18, 2009, to take a newly created directorship with Trout Unlimited. Although I deeply regret that we’re losing this dedicated and extraordinarily competent member of our community, I know that Franklin is excited about pursuing this new chapter in his career with an organization of great importance.


August 25, 2009 Report to Campus

August 27th, 2009

To all of you—those who’ve been here for the summer and those who are returning from home, summer work or travel—I extend my warmest welcome to a new academic year. This year finds the College in great shape with a terrific first-year class, a balanced budget, a solid endowment, and a national reputation as strong as, or stronger than, it has ever been in the history of the College. We have much for which to be thankful.


2009 Convocation Address

August 17th, 2009

My 2007 installation and convocation speeches included references to Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Henry James. Then in last year’s Convocation address I raised the bar by beginning with a reference to the writing of our own John Bowers in the Owl and Spade. Little did I know the year ahead would give John and me stories to share about our accidents and neurosurgeries. I’d like to start today’s event by officially welcoming JB back among us. His editorial eye and sense of humor will be needed this year on many tasks, not least is the Strategic Plan about which I’ll speak in a minute.


Dean of Service Learning Search

August 5th, 2009

As I mentioned in my July 30 report to campus, this year we’ll conduct a search for a Dean of Service-Learning. I’m writing to let you know about the search committee and general timetable.


July 30, 2009 Report to Campus

July 30th, 2009

July has been a busy month on campus. We hosted a record-size summer Open House for prospective students, the Swannanoa Gathering has its highest enrollment ever, the Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival had a successful season, our MFA writing program graduated another fine class of writers, and the College continues to attract national praise. We’re in great shape going into the new academic year.


May 22, 2009 Report to Campus

May 25th, 2009

With the 2008-2009 academic year behind us, I’m writing to highlight a few important issues for the coming year—and to comment on the fine graduation exercise that occurred last week.



February 2009 report to campus

March 3rd, 2009

As I write you this morning, I’m surveying a campus covered by a blanket of snow. Times like these bring out the kid in all of us. The beauty of the snow notwithstanding, I know there are students and staff across campus getting up at this early hour to do the hard work that keeps our college running in any weather. As I’ve said to many a listener over the last three years, the work commitment of our students—combined with excellent academics and extraordinary service—creates a college like no other one in the country. There’s a reason college officials constantly visit us to determine if they can graft a little of the Warren Wilson ethos on to their own colleges. Once here, they often realize our success stems not only from our commitment to the Triad but also from our ability to attract students dedicated to living it daily.


January 2009 Report to Campus

February 2nd, 2009

Now over halfway through the fiscal year, I can report that the College has fared well during the calamitous economic conditions in the nation. Here I’ll write briefly about our financial state and the general strategies to be taken in the months ahead.