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New partnership brings Pfeiffer’s programs to Monarch employees

Agreement launches Pfeiffer’s Partnership ProgramDrs Terhune Keith

Pfeiffer University and Albemarle, North Carolina-based Monarch announce an agreement that provides Monarch employees access to Pfeiffer’s degree completion and graduate programs at a reduced tuition rate. The contract was signed at Monarch’s corporate office by its chief executive officer, Dr. Peggy S. Terhune, and Pfeiffer’s president, Dr. Colleen Perry Keith.

The cooperative agreement launches Pfeiffer’s Partnership Program, which offers specialized academic programs and financial incentives to businesses and organizations with a shared understanding of furthering the educational attainment of current employees. With similar agreements pending, Pfeiffer’s programs will be widely accessible and affordable throughout the region for employees of partner organizations wishing to continue their educations.

“The goal of Pfeiffer’s Partnership Program is to develop a common interest in the educational development of workforces so they are able to remain competitive within a global environment,” said Dr. Keith. “Pfeiffer is very pleased to partner with Monarch as they maximize the talents of their extraordinary staff.”

Monarch is a nonprofit organization that provides numerous services and supports to thousands of people statewide with developmental and intellectual disabilities, mental illness, and substance use disorders. All employees, regardless of their geographic location, are eligible to participate in the program as Pfeiffer offers classes in a number of delivery formats, including online.

“Monarch is elated to partner with Pfeiffer University to offer targeted, high-caliber degree programs to our staff statewide,” said Dr. Terhune. “We have always been a proponent of professional development and have proactively sought to identify and implement innovative training and educational opportunities for Monarch employees. Through our agreement with Pfeiffer, we can greatly expand the accessibility of higher education to current staff to help them in their professional pursuits, which not only benefits the employees who choose to pursue this opportunity—and our organization—but ultimately benefits the people we support.”

For more information about Pfeiffer University’s Partnership Program, contact David Boisvert, vice president for enrollment, (704) 463-3060.

Established in 1885, Pfeiffer University is a globally engaged, regional university distinctive for its transformational undergraduate experiences and leadership in professional and graduate programs that fill demonstrated needs on its campuses in Charlotte, Misenheimer and Raleigh, and online. Vested in its history as a United Methodist-related university and propelled by an innovative faculty and staff, Pfeiffer prepares its students for a lifetime of achievement, scholarship, spirituality and service. Visit Pfeiffer at or Pfeiffer University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate and master’s degrees.

Established in 1958, Monarch is a not-for-profit organization that provides support statewide to thousands of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness and substance use disorders. The organization is nationally accredited by The Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL) and certified by The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services as a Critical Access Behavioral Health Agency (CABHA). Monarch operates The Arc of Stanly County, which is a chapter of The Arc of North Carolina and The Arc of the United States. To learn more about how Monarch provides support, please call (866) 272-7826.

PIctured above (l-r): Dr. Colleen Keith, Pfeiffer University president, and Dr. Peggy Terhune, Monarch CEO, meet to sign an agreement that will provide Monarch employees access to Pfeiffer programs.

Media contacts: Natasha A. Suber, (704) 986-1582 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Susan Messina, Pfeiffer University, (704) 463-3040 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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