HPU Professor Named Board Chair Of United Way; Receives Mayor's Award From High Point Area Arts Council

HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 3, 2009 – Pamela Palmer, assistant professor of Nonprofit Leadership and Management at High Point University, has recently become the new board chair for the United Way of Greater High Point.

Palmer, who says her new yearlong responsibility will include providing leadership to the board of directors, is an active community member as well. In fact, Palmer was also recently honored by the High Point Area Arts Council with the “Mayor’s Award” ? an annual award that recognizes someone who has demonstrated excellence and commitment in supporting the arts in the High Point area.

Palmer says she is honored to receive such a symbolic award from the Arts Council. She is also eager to get to work with the new board at the United Way. She’s even gotten together with the past board chair and chair-elect for next year to strategically collaborate efforts.

“We will be working with other like organizations in greater High Point to facilitate a community needs assessment,” Palmer says. “This assessment will help support the efforts of nonprofit organizations and more.”

Palmer will also work closely with Bobby Smith, president of the United Way of Greater High Point.

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 3,700 undergraduate and graduate students from 50 countries and 44 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.” HPU was included in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For” 2009 listings. The university offers 68 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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