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Steve Wozniak Innovator in Residence

Innovator in Residence

Steve Wozniak
Apple Computer
Co-founder
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Innovator in Residence Steve Wozniak – Apple Computer Co-founder


“The Woz” first inspired HPU students when he delivered the Commencement address in 2013. The Apple Computer co-founder has been connected with High Point University ever since. Woz meets with students in many majors including computer science, entrepreneurship, pharmacy, exercise science, communication and more. He’s even coaching a student group building an autonomous driving vehicle.

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Entrepreneur in Residence

Marc Randolph
Netflix Co-founder
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Marc Randolph – Netflix Co-founder
Through this role, Randolph works with students in a variety of majors across campus, such as entrepreneurship, business and communication. He first visited HPU in 2015, when he met with students who pitched their business plans. Based on the advice he gave to student Emily De Lena, she now runs her own company, DomTech sports.
Cynt Marshall

Sports Executive in Residence

Cynt Marshall
Dallas Mavericks Chief Executive Officer
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Cynt Marshall – Dallas Mavericks Chief Executive Officer


Marshall has been CEO of the Dallas Mavericks since May 2018. Before joining the professional basketball team, Marshall served in leadership roles at AT&T. She started in 1981 and held a variety of line and staff positions in the operator services, network engineering, operations, external and legislative affairs departments. Marshall served as the president of AT&T North Carolina for more than six years.

Scott McKain – Corporate Educator In Residence

Corporate Educator In Residence

Scott McKain
Keynote Speaker, Bestselling Author, Sales & Customer Service Expert
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Scott McKain


Scott McKain has been recognized by Social Media Marketing Magazine as one of the 50 most influential marketing authors on Twitter. A popular keynote speaker on creating organizational distinction and delivering the Ultimate Customer Experience, McKain is Chairman of the Distinction Institute.

Karen Jacobsen Global Artist in Residence

Global Artist in Residence

Karen Jacobsen
The “GPS Girl”
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Karen Jacobsen – The “GPS Girl”


Karen Jacobsen, global artist in residence at HPU, is internationally recognized for her voiceover work and musical performances. Her voice has been featured in text-to-speech systems in more than 400 million GPS and smartphone devices worldwide, including the female Australian voice of the original Siri application featured on Apple iPhones, iPods and iPads. Karen mentors students in the arts, communication, business, and more.

Journalist In Residence

Journalist In Residence

Byron Pitts
American journalist and author working for ABC News
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Byron Pitts


Byron Pitts is an American journalist and author working for ABC News. Until 2013, he served as a chief national correspondent for The CBS Evening News and a contributor to the newsmagazine 60 Minutes. He has covered the September 11, 2001 attacks and Iraq.

Joe Michaels

Broadcaster in Residence

Joe Michaels
Director of the NBC “Today" show for 22 years
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Joe Michaels – Director of the NBC “Today" show for 22 years
Joe Michaels joined HPU in 2015 after retiring from a 22-year career at “TODAY." The eight-time Emmy award-winning director and a two-time Director’s Guild of America Honoree works with students in the Nido R. Qubein School of Communication.
Larry Quinn Sales Professional in Residence

Sales Professional in Residence

Larry Quinn
Chair of the Department of Marketing and Sales
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Larry Quinn – Chair of the Department of Marketing and Sales
Larry Quinn has mentored HPU students since 2013 after working in the business world as a top executive in sales and marketing. Mr. Quinn began his career at EDS and Xerox, earning most of his experience along the way in technology services, publishing, and computer equipment businesses. He was consistently cited for exceeding sales quotas and closure rates, as well as turning around challenging situations. During his business career, he maintained a consistent record of instilling loyalty and exceptional performance in teams through his creativity, hard work, and vision. Comfortable and effective in high visibility roles, Quinn now shares his insights and experience with High Point University.
Bob Ryan

Sports Reporter in Residence

Bob Ryan
Retired sports columnist for The Boston Globe
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Bob Ryan, Retired sports columnist for The Boston Globe


Ryan has been writing for the Globe since 1968, covering all of Boston’s sports teams. Ryan’s work still appears in the Globe semi-regularly. He is a regular panelist on ESPN’s Sunday morning roundtable, “The Sports Reporters,” and has been described as the “quintessential American sportswriter” and a basketball guru. Ryan is well-known for his coverage of basketball and for his stories covering the Boston Celtics in the 1970s.

MENTORSHIP MOMENTS

THE FUTURE OF PHARMACY

THE FUTURE OF PHARMACY

Students in the Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy engage with Wozniak at a Health and Innovation Forum, as they discuss software and applications designed to streamline patient care.
DRIVING THE FUTURE

DRIVING THE FUTURE

Computer science and physics students are developing a driverless vehicle to make deliveries around campus. Wozniak’s wisdom has served as their North star while they navigate the process.
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FROM BLOGGER TO BUSINESS OWNER

“I didn’t think of myself as an entrepreneur before I met Mr. Randolph; I was just a girl with a blog. But it was a mind-opening experience that changed my perspective on everything.” -HPU student Mandy Engelman
SUCCESSFUL BUSINESSMAN

SUCCESSFUL BUSINESSMAN

“When a successful businessman like Marc Randolph tells us what to do with our product and our business, that’s a lesson we can take and apply – a lesson that we wouldn’t have normally thought of. This would not have happened at any other school” -HPU student Reza Moghtaderi Esfahani
WORDS OF “WOZDOM”

WORDS OF “WOZDOM”

HPU students gather with Woz at HPU’s Innovation Roundtable. During the conversation, students were able to delve into the mind of the man who invented the Apple I and Apple II computers.
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DOM TECH SPORTS

HPU Alum Emily DeLena 16’co-founded her business, DomTech Sports Netflix Co-founder Marc Randolph changed my life when he told me this simple but impactful thing: Build your prototype!