HPU Professor Of Physical Therapy Receives National Excellence In Teaching Award

HIGH POINT, N.C., Jan. 12, 2010 – Dr. Eric Hegedus, professor of physical therapy at High Point University, was recently selected as the 2011 recipient of the James A. Gould Excellence in Teaching Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Award. Hegedus will receive the award at the Orthopedic Section’s Award Ceremony on Feb. 11 in New Orleans.The national award, presented by the Orthopaedic Section of the American Physical Therapy Association, recognizes one person each year who demonstrates exemplary teaching skills in orthopedic physical therapy.”The award is given to the single best orthopedics instructor in the United States,” says Dr. Daniel Erb, dean of the School of Health Sciences at HPU. “He certainly deserves this award; thanks to his excellent work throughout many years of teaching, the honor is well substantiated.”Hegedus will head up the new Physical Therapy program in the School of Health Sciences, which is one of many aspects of the $2.1 billion transformational growth plan. The Doctor of physical Therapy degree program is set to open in 2017, in a brand new, state-of-the-art building, pending approval from the accrediting bodies. The School currently houses the undergraduate programs in exercise science and athletic training, as well as new proposed graduate programs in physician assistant studies and physical therapy. Additionally, the School of Pharmacy is slated to open in 2016.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 highpoint.edu. Chris Dudley

Vice President for Administration

336-841-4530 cdudley@highpoint.edu

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