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HPU Names Director Of Physical Therapy For New School Of Health Sciences

10.25.2010

HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 25, 2010 — High Point University has named Dr. Eric J. Hegedus as the director of the proposed Physical Therapy program in the new School of Health Sciences. The proposed Doctor of Physical Therapy degree program is set to accept its first class in the late spring of 2017 with a brand new, $40 million, state-of-the-art building, pending approval from the accrediting bodies.Hegedus, who will assume his new role on Jan. 1, 2011, comes to HPU with a 20-year career as a leader and innovator in physical therapist education, research and clinical practice, Hegedus previously served as an associate professor and immediate past vice-chief in Duke’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Division. He is also founder and director of Targeted Enhancement of Athletic Movement (TEAM) — a community-based health and wellness program designed to improve athletic performance and to prevent injury. In addition to directing TEAM, Hegedus directs and teaches in the Musculoskeletal Practice Management series of courses where he is a four-time winner of the “Excellence in Teaching” award and a three-time nominee for Duke Medical Center’s prestigious Master Clinician Educator Award.Hegedus graduated from Bucknell University with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration, as well as a master’s degree in health science from Duke University, and a doctorate in physical therapy from Slippery Rock University. He also received a board specialty in orthopedic physical therapy, and a specialty certification in strength and conditioning.Hegedus has authored 25 peer reviewed PubMed articles, a book chapter on manual therapy of the shoulder, as well as a textbook, titled “Orthopedic Physical Examination Tests: An Evidence-Based Approach,” all since 2006. He has also received the OPTP/JMMT Literature Review award and the TherEx Award for excellence in a published case study. Hegedus also serves as an associate editor of the Journal of Manual Manipulative Therapy and reviewer for 10 other peer-reviewed journals, and he is also a noted speaker, with more than 100 national and international presentations.Dr. Dennis Carroll, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, explains that establishment of health sciences is a natural progression for the university, given its strong history in undergraduate science programs.”We are looking to broaden and improve our current academic programs,” Carroll says. “And these programs are something the entire High Point community will benefit from, as we will be training a new set of health care professionals.”The new School of Health Sciences will house the current undergraduate programs in exercise science and athletic training, as well as new graduate programs in physician assistant studies, physical therapy and occupational therapy. In addition, the university is also studying the creation of a School of Pharmacy, which will also be a part of the new school.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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