Forever Falcons
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Alison Butler Payne ’07:

Hero Behind the Hero


This past September, Sgt. Maj. Thomas "Pat" Payne, an Army Ranger assigned to the US Army Special Operations Command, was awarded the Medal of Honor for his role in a mission that freed 75 ISIS-held hostages in 2015.  President Trump, who presented the award, said that Pat had joined “the immortal company of our most revered American heroes” and that he personified the motto “Rangers lead the way.”

Alison Butler Payne ’07, Pat’s wife, deserves a medal as well.



Chris Matthews ’12 MSL, ’16 MFT:

Giving Back Early and Often


When it comes to supporting the master’s programs they completed at their universities, few recent graduates do it more generously than Chris Matthews.





The Value of a Pfeiffer MBA:

Police Chief William H. “Skip” Holbrook ’03


William H. “Skip” Holbrook ’03 MBA, has been Chief of the Columbia, SC Police Department since 2014. He has more than 29 years of experience in law enforcement, the last 13 years as a police chief.


Ken Keuffel, who authored these articles, has served as Pfeiffer’s Assistant Director of Communications since December 2019. He welcomes story ideas from Pfeiffer’s faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends. The form for submitting story ideas is at​

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