Luncheon Honors Retired Faculty

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Pictured from left to right, Dr. Joe Ellenburg, associate professor of physical education; John Luecke, associate professor of strategic communication; Diana Estey, registrar; David Carter, instructor of accounting; and Dr. Richard Bennington, Paul Broyhill professor of home furnishings, with their retirement gift of a HPU chair.

HIGH POINT, N.C., June 19, 2013 – High Point University honored those who gave more than 80 years of combined service to the university through its annual Retirement Recognition Luncheon. This year’s honorees are Dr. Richard Bennington, David Carter, Dr. Joe Ellenburg, Diana Estey and John Luecke.

• Bennington, Paul Broyhill professor of home furnishings, started teaching home furnishings at HPU in 1974. During his 39 years of service he has concentrated academically on the manufacturing, marketing and merchandising of home furnishings. For many years, he served as the Chair of the Department of Home Furnishings and Design, and is a past winner of the High Point University’s Slane Distinguished Teaching and Service Award.

• Carter, instructor of accounting, started teaching at HPU as an adjunct instructor in 2005, while still working as a professional accountant. He moved to fulltime at HPU in the fall of 2008. With his extensive work experience, he taught numerous courses including financial accounting, managerial accounting, accounting information systems and intermediate accounting.

• Ellenburg, associate professor of physical education, arrived at HPU in 1988. During that time he has served as an associate professor and the coordinator of the athletic coaching minor. He has taught numerous courses including team sports; coaching strategies; and coaching and field experience.

• Estey, registrar, came to High Point University in 1994. Estey professionally and effectively transitioned the functions of the Registrar’s Office to accommodate a growing student body and faculty and a developing comprehensive university curriculum that now encompasses seven colleges and schools. Always mindful of the need to provide excellent customer service to alumni, students and faculty, Ms. Estey worked long hours to ensure smooth academic operations.

• Luecke, associate professor of strategic communication, joined the HPU family in 2008. He taught a number of classes in the School of Communication, focusing on strategic communication. He approached his lessons with the idea of teaching his students how to solve problems and focus on clients. There were lots of hands-on projects, writing and discussions in his courses.

“Dr. Bennington, Mr. Carter, Dr. Ellenburg, Ms. Estey and Mr. Lueke have served the university faithfully and effectively,” says Dr. Dennis Carroll, provost and vice president of Academic Affairs. “They will always have a place in our university family. We wish them well in their new roles.”

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