HIGH POINT, N.C., March 24, 2009 – High Point University hosted a group of African visitors, sponsored through the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program, on March 23 to attend a panel discussion on “Transparency in Government.”
The visitors were guests of the Piedmont Triad Council for International Visitors, and included regional and local government officials, lawyers and communications specialists. They represented nine different countries.
The panel consisted of Dr. Mark Setzler, chair of the HPU Political Science Department; High Point Mayor Becky Smothers; High Point Police Chief Jim Fealy; and Fredd Crabtree, director of business development for the High Point Chamber of Commerce.
The panelists discussed how the City of High Point’s government operates. Topics included High Point’s form of government, roles and responsibilities of local government personnel, various local laws and procedures, size and key roles of the High Point Police Department, ways that the city government and police department promote transparency and ethics, and more.
PTCIV is the local branch of the Council for International Visitors, funded and administered by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State.
Dr. Carole Head, chair of the Modern Foreign Language Department at HPU and a member of the Board of PTCIV, served as host for the visitors.
“Bringing international leaders to campus enriches the lives of students and faculty alike and complements the university?s emphasis on enhancing global awareness among the university community,” said Head.
At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in a fun environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with more than 3,400 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 50 countries and more than 40 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” The university offers 66 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate-degree majors. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at http://www.highpoint.edu/. Chris DudleyVice President for Administration336firstname.lastname@example.org