HPU Announces New Hires


HIGH POINT, N.C., March 6, 2017 – High Point University welcomed seven new faculty and staff members during January and February. They are as follows:


Dr. Dave Tofanelli joins the Earl N. Phillips School of Business as assistant professor of the practice of management. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on organizational behavior, innovation management, leadership and health care management. Before joining HPU, Tofanelli was practice administrator for UNC Regional Physicians Carolina Cardiology in High Point. He also was managing partner for a health care management consulting group, and he held leadership roles at Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, MedMark Services Inc. and Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic Health Plan. He began his career in the U.S. Air Force and is a veteran of both the Vietnam and Desert Storm conflicts. Tofanelli has a Bachelor of Science in business administration, a Master of Business Administration, a Master of System Management and a Ph.D. in organizational leadership. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the author of three books.

“No matter what discipline a student studies or what profession a student aspires to, discovering and developing leadership qualities is an essential component of success,” he says. “While our ultimate goal may be to communicate new information to students, I am not interested in them just memorizing facts. I want to help them learn to think like leaders.”



Faith Cochran joins the Office of Career and Professional Development as the assistant director of internships. Cochran cultivates relationships with employers to develop internship opportunities for HPU students. She also manages the internship-for-credit application, approval and tracking process. Prior to HPU, she worked in human resources and student services. Cochran holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in business management.



Douglas Campbell joins the Office of Student Financial Planning as a student financial planning counselor. He assists students who are awarded federal, state and institutional loans, grants and scholarships. Additionally, he performs federal verification on students’ application materials and examines them for accuracy. He holds a bachelor’s degree in technical studies and graduate degrees in education with a concentration in athletic leadership and management with a concentration in interdisciplinary studies.


Aleksandra Baran joins Security and Transportation as emergency preparedness and safety coordinator. She helps departments identify, update and create safety plans and policies. Additionally, she is creating emergency preparedness exercises and trainings for HPU leadership. Baran has worked as a consultant for law enforcement agencies, state governments, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Amtrak and the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management for Cook County, Illinois. She helped create the first Zika virus exercise in the Midwest in conjunction with Cook County’s Department of Public Health. She holds a Master of Science in threat and response management and is a certified community emergency response team member.



Joshua McClure joins the Office of Information Technology as a network analyst. McClure works with the IT infrastructure team to ensure the stability and availability of network resources to students, faculty and staff. Keeping these systems running well and scaling the network allows the internet to run smoothly on campus. He brings a diverse background in systems administration to HPU and holds a master’s degree in information science.



Robert Sawyer joins the Office of Information Technology as manager of enterprise application services. He leads a team responsible for maintaining various web portals and support applications used on campus by ensuring these technology tools are working effectively and seamlessly on a daily basis. Sawyer previously held a lead support position with Lowe’s Home Improvement managing IT professionals who support multiple retail, inventory and warehousing applications. He also has experience managing data analysts within the health care industry. He is pursuing a degree in management of information systems and holds certifications in ITIL, UNIX, Networking, Situational Leadership and SQL.


Eric Sumners joins the Office of Information Technology as a computing support analyst. He provides computing services and support to faculty, staff and students for classrooms, workstations, applications, printing and labs. He also assists students with hardware and software needs through troubleshooting or repair. Sumners previously worked in retail customer support. He holds a Bachelor of Science in computer information systems.


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