HPU Loses Longtime Colleague Dr. Roy Epperson

HIGH POINT, N.C., Jan. 27, 2010 – High Point University is saddened by the loss of longtime friend and colleague Dr. E. Roy Epperson. Epperson passed away on Sunday, Jan. 24.

Epperson served the university in many capacities for nearly a half-century, including serving as professor of chemistry, chair of the Physical Science Department, associate dean of the university, and as vice president of Administration. He also led HPU through numerous successful “Southern Association of Colleges and School Accreditations,” and was well-known and well-respected in the entire region for his expertise in higher education accreditation. Most recently, Epperson served the university by managing special projects and major construction on campus, including construction of the University Center, the Wilson School of Commerce and the Nido Qubein School of Communication.

Dr. Epperson was also active in the community, and was recognized with a number of awards for his service, including the High Point College John and Kathleen Foy Distinguished Teaching-Service Award, the USOA 1996 High Point Senior Citizen of the year, the Community Concert Association Volunteer of the Year, the High Point Area Arts Council Mayor’s Award for volunteer support of the arts and the Rodney M. Ouzts Volunteer of the Year award, and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Meritorious Service Award.

“Dr. Epperson loved High Point University,” says Dr. Nido Qubein, president of HPU. “He was a stickler for detail, a man of taste, an advocate for the community, a man of faith and character, and a lover of knowledge. He will be sorely missed.”

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring 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 http://www.highpoint.edu/ or on Twitter at @HighPointU.

Chris Dudley

Vice President for Administration



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