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The Anne Louise Keeney Chair and Program Director - Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies

Pfeiffer University
Misenheimer, North Carolina

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The Anne Louise Keeney Chair and Program Director - Master of Science

in Physician Assistant Studies

Pfeiffer University 

Pfeiffer University, a private liberal arts university located in North Carolina, is seeking an experienced leader and skilled administrator with significant experience as a Physician Assistant and as an educator (teaching and administrative) within a Physician Assistant Program.  Pfeiffer’s regional network of campuses serves approximately 800 undergraduate and 400 graduate students on three campuses: Misenheimer, Charlotte, and Albemarle.   The Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MS-PAS) program is located in the Pfeiffer University Center for Health Sciences, a new state-of-the-art facility in the historic Five Points of downtown Albemarle, NC.

Founded in 1885, Pfeiffer is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and prepares servant leaders for lifelong learning. The Misenheimer Campus is home to traditional undergraduates. The Charlotte campus opened in 1977 with undergraduate classes, and the first graduate program followed in 1985. The most recent campus to open, in 2020, is located in Albemarle and is the University’s modern Center for Health Sciences. Since its founding, Pfeiffer has consistently grown in academic excellence, developing new programs to meet student needs, and emphasizing the ideals of Christian service. 

Pfeiffer is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and master's degrees. The University offers academic programs leading to a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, Master of Health Administration, Master of Arts, and Master of Business Administration along with seven professional certificate programs. Pfeiffer’s master’s programs and certificates are offered primarily online or at the Charlotte and Albemarle campuses. Many of the graduate degree programs are offered online while some offer a combination of online and a few seated classes. Athletically, Pfeiffer competes as a Division III member of the NCAA in the USA South Athletic Conference. The University sponsors 19 teams for women’s and men’s sports.

For more information about Pfeiffer, please visit the University website: .

The mission of the Pfeiffer MS-PAS Program is to educate servant leaders from diverse backgrounds as physician assistants who will provide exceptional health care in an inter-professional setting--serving rural medically underserved populations through community involvement, public health policy, and advocacy. The vision of this dynamic 27-month program is to be recognized for its commitment to excellence in physician assistant education, scholarly activity, and servant leadership in the areas of health disparities and social justice.  Having been granted Accreditation-Provisional status by ARC-PA, the MS-PAS Program seeks to admit a student body that will demonstrate academic excellence, servant leadership, and the competencies required to effectively meet the healthcare needs of the communities they will serve.

Reporting directly to the Dean of the Graduate School, who reports to the Provost, the Director will be responsible for leading and managing the Program’s students, faculty, and staff to accomplish the academic, operational, and strategic goals of the Program. In addition to the Director, the MS-PAS faculty consists of a mix of full-time and adjunct faculty including a Director of Clinical Education, a Director of Didactic Education, and a part-time Medical Director. The Director will provide administrative leadership, overall planning, and decision making for the MS-PAS program including responsibility to develop, refine, and implement the strategic and operational plans for the program. The Director will also continue to develop and refine the curriculum, along with assuming responsibility for the ongoing evaluation and accreditation activities of the MS-PAS program. 

The successful candidate will possess an MS in physician assistant studies with current NCCPA certification or DHSC, M.D/D.O., or Ph.D., along with a proven history of scholarly activity in health sciences or health science education and the ability to acquire a medical PA license in North Carolina.  Physician Assistant program education leadership experience is strongly preferred along with preparing ARC-PA accreditation applications. The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal and communication skills, a collaborative record of leadership, strategic planning experience in an academic environment, ability to recruit, mentor and retain faculty and students, and the ability to identify and respond to appropriate emerging trends in the physician assistant profession and academic environment.  Compensation is commensurate with experience.

To make a nomination, provide a referral, or for additional information please use the contact information below. While applications and nominations will be accepted until a successful candidate has been appointed, interested parties are encouraged to submit their materials by September 17, 2021. To apply, please submit a resume and/or vita, and cover letter, to: 


Ken Carrick, Partner   980-296-5401

Janny DeLoache, Principal   704-377-7828

[email protected]


Pfeiffer University is an equal opportunity employer. AA/EOE

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