HPU Holds Luncheon To Honor Retiring Faculty

HIGH POINT, N.C., May 5, 2010 ? High Point University honored retiring employees during its annual Retirement Luncheon, held on May 3.

This year, the lunch honored Sharyn Carpenter, Dr. William Conley and James Dunham.

Carpenter came to High Point University in 1990 as administrative assistant, serving the modern foreign language faculty in Roberts Hall and the entire faculty of Congdon Hall. She moved to the Evening Degree Program in 1996, where she served as the program position coordinator.  Carpenter and her husband, Keith, have two children and five grandchildren. She is an avid supporter of all things HPU ? athletics, cultural events and student presentations. As the ultimate go-to person in the Evening Degree Program, Carpenter has influenced and assisted hundreds of faculty and students. Indicative of her loyalty and service, she received the 2006 YWCA of High Point’s Administrative Assistant of the Year Award.

Dr. Bill Conley came to HPU in 1995 as associate professor of business administration. Before coming to High Point, Dr. Conley taught at Pfeiffer University, Doane College, Northern Montana College, and University of Virginia’s Clinch Valley College. Before entering academia, he worked for many years with State Farm Insurance. He also served as a member of the United States Army Reserve. Dr. Conley has taught regularly in both the day and Evening Degree Programs. His areas of teaching expertise include management, business law and human resources. He also advised Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society.

Jim Dunham came to HPU full-time in 2003 as assistant professor of business administration. Before the full-time appointment, he served as an adjunct instructor for many years. Dunham brought with him significant experience in the business world where he worked in roles such as executive vice president of operations, vice president of human resources, chief accountant and controller. Dunham is also a retired U.S. Army Captain who served as a parachutist and pilot and was assigned to duty in Germany and Vietnam.  Indicative of his outstanding teaching and service at HPU, he was awarded in 2006 the Meredith Clark Slane Distinguished Teacher-Service Award.

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 http://twitter.com/highpointu.

Chris Dudley

Vice President for Administration

336-841-4530 cdudley@highpoint.edu

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