HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 1, 2012 – David Neal, a 34-time Emmy award-winning producer, Fox’s World Cup Coordinator, and one of the most decorated figures of sports television, has been named chairman of the Nido R. Qubein School of Communication Advisory Board.
Neal worked at NBC for 30 years where he produced nine Olympics, four NBA Finals, two World Series and a Super Bowl pregame show. This work and more garnered his 34 Emmy Awards. Now, he is the executive producer of the World Cup soccer coverage from 2015-2022 at Fox Sports.
“David’s experience with sports broadcasting is unmatched,” says Dr. Nido Qubein, president of HPU. “As a serial Emmy award winner and producer of the most significant live sporting events in the world, he brings great wisdom and insight to our growing School of Communication. We are proud to have him chair such an impressive board of advisors.”
The School of Communication opened on the HPU campus in fall 2009, and communication has become the second most popular major at the university. The program has added several new tracks of study including interactive gaming, convergent journalism, electronic media and more. Most recently, the school became chartered as a full chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ). HPU is one of only three SPJ campus chapters in North Carolina, in addition to the Appalachian State University and Elon University.
“The faculty and staff of the Nido R. Qubein School of Communication are very pleased that David Neal has agreed to chair the school’s advisory board,” says Dr. Wilfred Tremblay, dean of the school. “Our program prides itself in providing real world education, and Mr. Neal’s extensive professional experience producing sports and other content at the network level will only help to assure that we are delivering the highest quality education to our more than 700 communication majors and minors who have come to us from 40 different states.”