HPU Business Professor Provides Commentary For Local NPR Affiliate

HIGH POINT, N.C., June 16, 2009 ? Dr. Richard Parker, associate professor of business in the Plato S. Wilson School of Commerce at High Point University, recently provided commentary for “Real People, Real Stories,” a program on WFDD, the local National Public Radio affiliate.

Parker spoke on the topic of “International Collaboration vs. National Isolation” during the program, which aired on May 24.

The program focused on President Barack Obama’s recent stimulus package and its limited version of a “Buy American” provision.

During the radio broadcast, Parker, who also serves as president of the Southern Association for Canadian Studies, discussed how this concept has historically fallen short in stimulating our economy ? citing numerous examples of the relationship between the United States and Canada.

Parker explained that Canada is the No. 1 supplier of foreign energy to the United States, which includes Canadian exports of both oil and natural gas.

“In total, more than 7 million jobs in the U.S. are supported because of the trade relationship we are so lucky to have with our friends to the north,” Parker says. “Today we cannot afford protectionist legislation that would no doubt derail the U.S. economy. With trade levels of more than a million dollars per minute occurring between the U.S. and Canada, our economies are too integrated to sustain a protectionist blow that would inevitably damage the benefits of what more than 20 years of free trade has brought to us.?

To listen to the radio broadcast, visit http://wfdd.org/realpeople.php/pl1243141200/cal1241154000/ts.

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 3,500 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 programs. 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 www.highpoint.edu.

Chris DudleyVice President for Administration336-841-4530cdudley@highpoint.edu

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