HIGH POINT, N.C., May 14, 2014 – High Point University recently honored three retiring faculty and staff members who gave more than 58 years of combined service to the university during its annual Retirement Recognition Luncheon. This year’s event honored Andrea Wheless, Dr. Alberta Herron and Dr. Lisa Horne.
Andrea L. Wheless came to HPU in 1987. A renowned sculptor, Wheless shared her passion and expertise in art with hundreds of students. The recipient of the 2013 Meredith Clark Slane Distinguished Teaching-Service Award, Wheless was not only an outstanding educator, but served the university in numerous capacities including chairing the fine arts department; serving on various faculty and university committees; and overseeing the development of the university sculpture garden. Most recently, she was appointed Deputy Faculty Marshall.
“In many ways, Andrea Wheless was the perfect university faculty member,” said Dr. Dennis Carroll, HPU provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, during the luncheon. “She was a stellar teacher, a brilliant colleague, a servant leader, and yet she was still able to create incredible art. Everyone will miss her.”
Dr. Alberta H. Herron came to HPU in 1991 as a professor of psychology. Within two years, she was appointed as the founding dean of the Norcross Graduate School. Under Herron’s supervision and with the assistance of various deans and department chairs, graduate programs were developed in business, sports studies, non-profit leadership, history and education. In 2011, Herron was promoted to associate vice president of Institutional Effectiveness. In that role, she oversaw the assessment efforts of the university and led the university through a successful Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Fifth Year Interim Review, and then a successful SACS Substantive Change Visit that resulted in the university’s achievement of SACS Level 5 – the doctoral granting status. Not only did Herron serve the university well, but her expertise and experience with SACS resulted in her being called on frequently to serve on and chair visiting committees at numerous colleges and universities in the SACS accreditation process.
“Dr. Herron epitomizes the consummate professional,” remarked Carroll. “Her knowledge, experience and passion have served us well. We will miss her.”
Dr. Lisa C. Horne came to HPU in 2006 after a distinguished career in public school education. Horne served as an elementary school principal in both the Lexington City Schools and in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools. At HPU, she taught courses in the undergraduate and graduate elementary education curriculum, and she also delivered courses in the graduate program in educational leadership. Horne’s recent experiences in the school system enabled her to connect the world of professional practice to the university curriculum.