Retiring Faculty Honored at Annual Retirement Recognition Luncheon

HIGH POINT, N.C., May 23, 2012 – High Point University honored four faculty members who gave years of service to the university through its annual Retirement Recognition Luncheon. This year’s event honored Dr. B. Gray Bowman, Dr. Edward J. Piacentino, David F. Walker and Dr. Harold C. Warlick Jr. The four together contributed a total of 106 years of teaching at HPU.

“Dr. Bowman, Dr. Piacentino, Mr. Walker and Dr. Warlick reflect the scholarship, dedication, and integrity we expect from all of our faculty members,” says Dr. Dennis Carroll, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “Their commitment to our students and to the mission of the university will never be forgotten. Each of these men served the university faithfully, and we are a better academic community because of their contributions.”

Dr. Gray Bowman, professor of chemistry, who received his undergraduate degree from High Point College, began teaching at HPU in 1976. Since then, Bowman has been teaching a variety of courses, including organic and polymer chemistry to HPU undergraduates.

“Dr. Bowman was the pioneer in undergraduate research at HPU and has been engaging students in research for many years,” says Dr. Elizabeth McCorquodale, chair in the Department of Chemistry and Physics. “He has personally supported trips to undergraduate research conferences for our students and has many times provided accommodations and transportation personally. He has always been an advocate for student success and advancement beyond the classroom. … The chemistry department will remember him for his student engagement and for his research and writing course that turned so-so chemistry majors into scientists.”

Dr. Ed Piacentino, professor of English, has served as a member of the HPU faculty since 1973. During his time at HPU, he taught a wide range of American literature courses, including Colonial and Early National American writing, American Romanticism, American Realism and Naturalism, African American Literature, Literature of the American South, American Humor, and special topic courses in American literature. He also taught Alternative Voices in American Writing and Mark Twain and the Roots of American Humor in the University’s first year seminar program for freshmen.

“Dr. Piacentino is an exemplary teacher-scholar who has touched the lives of thousands of students and informed a generation of scholars,” says Dr. Bill Carpenter, chair of the Department of English. “He stands as an inspiration to the entire department, not only for his collegiality and mentoring, but for his productivity and hard work. His scholarship is impressive in its own right, but it’s even more impressive when we remember that he produced this work while teaching full course loads, advising student groups, and serving on faculty committees. And his commitment to teaching never wavered. He constantly sought new and interesting ways to make 19th-century American literature interesting and relevant to his students. Ask our department alumni what they remember most about their time at HPU, and all of them will mention Dr. Piacentino fondly.”

David Walker, associate professor of nonprofit management, came to HPU in 2004 and has taught a variety of courses at HPU during his tenure, including nonprofit management and leadership, fundraising and funding sources, strategic planning, introduction to the nonprofit sector and advocacy and public policy.

“Dr. Walker came to the university to offer his expertise and experience in developing our nonprofit management and leadership programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He made valuable contributions in curriculum development, program oversight, and student recruitment,” Carroll says. “He helped to set the foundation for even more growth in these important academic areas.”

Dr. Harold Warlick Jr., dean of the Chapel and professor of religion, came to HPU in 1989 and has taught a variety of areas, including biblical studies, business ethics and Christian worship. During his tenure, he has also led Chapel services, served as director of the Board of Stewards and the Community Board of Advisers to the Chapel, HPU Athletic Committee, Religious Life Council and has served as the faculty adviser of Kappa Delta sorority.

“Dr. Warlick was able to build a dynamic and well-attended service that drew from students, the local community and national prominent ministers and artists,” says Dr. Clint Corcoran, chair of the Department of Religion and Philosophy. “In addition, Dr. Warlick served as an active and well-respected professor of our department.”

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 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. Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. HPU was selected in the 2010-2011 list of “Colleges of Distinction,” as well as one of the top green schools in the country by the Sierra Club. The university offers 44 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and 10 graduate degree programs. It is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at

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Pam Haynes

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