HPU Hires Wiest As Assistant Professor Of Communication

HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 7, 2010 ? Dr. Julie Wiest has been hired as assistant professor of communication in the Nido R. Qubein School of Communication at High Point University.

Wiest, who is from Knoxville, Tenn., received a Bachelor of Science degree in communications from the University of Tennessee, a Master of Arts degree in journalism and mass communication from the University of Georgia and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in sociology from the University of Tennessee.

In her new position, Wiest is responsible for teaching courses in human communication, strategic communication and journalism, as well as courses in sociology. Additionally, Wiest serves as an advisor for students and performs research.

With nearly nine years of professional journalism experience, Wiest has held positions such as copy editor, assistant managing editor and assistant editor at newspapers and magazines, and has also published a book, titled We Were There, and is currently working on a book based on her dissertation.

“I feel very fortunate to be a part of the High Point University family, especially at a time of exciting growth and change, and I look forward to the challenges ahead and the opportunities to enhance my professional and personal development, as well as that of others,” says Wiest.

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. Forbes.com 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 http://www.highpoint.edu.

Chris Dudley

Vice President for Administration

336-841-4530 cdudley@highpoint.edu

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