HPU Student Applies Political Knowledge In Tennessee Mayoral Campaign

HIGH POINT, N.C., July 27, 2010 – John Gillespie, a rising senior at High Point University, is putting his political science major to practical use as the assistant to the campaign manager of Sheriff Mark Luttrell, a candidate for mayor of Shelby County, Tennessee.

Gillespie has spent the summer assisting Sheriff Luttrell at community meetings and fundraising events. He also participates in top campaign meetings, plans events, and organizes voter outreach activities to identify voters and communicate his candidate’s message, including door-to-door campaigning and phone banks. 

“The job has been fun and a very informative look at the inside of a campaign,” says Gillespie. “Working on the campaign has given me some insight as to how much work goes into a political campaign. I have been working close to 14 hour days almost every day of the week.”

Gillespie is an experienced campaigner, organizer and political aide. In the past, he has worked in a Tennessee office for Senator Bob Corker. He currently serves as chairman of the High Point University College Republicans and finance director of the North Carolina Federation of College Republicans. 

“My three years as a political science major have given me insight into the philosophical aspect of politics beyond the simple political party. It has helped me to identify why people vote the way they do,” Gillespie says.

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 over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students from 51 countries and 46 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 50 undergraduate majors, 42 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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