HPU Board Of Trustees Names Kester As Chairman

Posted on September 28, 2010.

HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 28, 2010 – Gene Kester has been elected as the new Chairman of the Board of Trustees of High Point University.

Kester, a native of High Point, is a 1966 graduate of HPU, where he was a member of the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity and the university choir. He also attended Wake Forest University School of Law.

Kester spent his career in the furniture business, first as part owner of Rose Furniture Company and then followed up with a successful career as a manufacturer sales representative until his retirement in December, 2008.

Kester has served on numerous boards throughout the years, including serving as the first treasurer of High Point Racial Healing and serving as board member of First Federal Savings and Loan. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of BB&T and the High Point Community Foundation. He is also a member of the Rotary Club, where he previously served as director, and he has also been designated as a Paul Harris Fellow.

He has also been an active supporter at HPU for years, including serving as past chairman of the Board of Visitors at HPU, has been a member of the Board of Trustees for nine years and has served as the vice chairman of the HPU Board of Trustees for five of those years. Kester has also served as chair of the Academic Affairs Committee.

Thanks to his enduring support, the university named the International Promenade for Kester and his wife, Jane.

Kester follows Marsha Slane as chairman.

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 at No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the South. ranks HPU in the top 7 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. 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

Chris Dudley

Vice President for Administration


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