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Catawba College's Childress Returns to Alma Mater

May 13, 2022

Category: Athletics, Staff

Jeff ChildressJeff Childress is leaving Catawba College after 28 years to return to his alma mater, Pfeiffer University, as the Vice President of Athletics and External Relations on June 1, 2022. Childress will also serve as a member of the President's Cabinet.

Childress currently serves Catawba College as the Associate Athletic Director for Athletic Development and the Director of the Catawba Chiefs Club. Under his leadership, Catawba Chiefs Club membership rose from 306 to over 700, raising over $200,000 in gifts in the 2021-2022 fiscal year.

"Catawba is and will always be a very special place to our family and me. It was a tough decision to leave Catawba,” said Childress. “However, I am looking forward to taking on new responsibilities and challenges at Pfeiffer University."

During his time at Catawba, Childress also served as the Head Coach for Men's and Women's Tennis. Childress guided the men to 276 wins and the women to 174 victories. Before his service at Catawba, Childress was the Director of Athletics at Pfeiffer University.

As Vice President of Athletics and External Relations for Pfeiffer University, Childress will oversee all aspects of athletic programming and fundraising. Key responsibilities include developing an athletics’ master facilities plan which will contribute to and shape the university's strategic plan and vision, ensuring that Pfeiffer University is an attractive destination for high school and transfer students.

Childress played tennis and ran cross-country for four years at Pfeiffer University from 1985 to 1989. He served as the graduate assistant for the men's and women's tennis teams at East Carolina University from 1990 to 1991. Childress received his M.A.Ed. from East Carolina in 1995.

Childress is married to Dr. Donna Childress, MD. They have two sons, Michael, a senior on the University of Richmond golf team; Ben, a senior at The Cannon School who will attend Duke University after graduation; and a daughter, Lauren. The Childress family resides in Salisbury.

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