HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 28, 2013 – High Point University broke ground on the Center for Student Success today with students and parents in attendance during the annual Fall Family Weekend.
The Center for Student Success, scheduled for completion in one year, is a $16 million, 40,000-square-foot facility that will be a central hub of activity for students preparing for job interviews, seeking career development opportunities and looking for ways to diversify their career skills. It will house the Office of Career and Internship Services, the Office of Study Abroad, the Office of Undergraduate Research, the Center for Entrepreneurship, Service Learning, the Freshman Success Program and more.
Parents of current students have committed to covering the cost as the university continues to transform and grow. Already, gifts have been received or pledged by nine families from Atlanta; Baltimore; New York; Charlotte; Richmond, Va.; Charleston, W.Va.; Newark, N.J.; Chevy Chase, Md.; and Williamsburg, Va.
A member of one of those families, David Cottrell, spoke today at the groundbreaking ceremony.
“When my wife and I heard Dr. Qubein speak about his dream and the American dream, we looked at each other and decided that we were in,” said Cottrell, CEO of RetailData and father of a sophomore at HPU. “My family is the American dream. We believe in the mission of High Point University and are proud to be one of the families that have brought this to fruition.”
The facility will be located on Fifth Street behind the University Center complex. The structure will also include conference and meeting space for proposed executive education offerings slated for the near future.
“We are so blessed to have generous families who believe in our vision and endorse it for the good of our students,” said Dr. Nido Qubein, HPU president. “While we appreciate top rankings the university has been honored with from U.S. News & World Report and others, the endorsement of parents and the positive outcomes of their students is what we value.”