HPU President Nido Qubein, second from right, receives the 2017 Distinguished Citizen of the Year by Business High Point – Chamber of Commerce. On the far right is David Congdon, chairman for Business High Point – Chamber of Commerce. Pictured first from left is Patrick Chapin, CEO of Business High Point – Chamber of Commerce, and pictured second from left is Scott Tilley, immediate past chairman.
HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 20, 2018 – High Point University President Nido Qubein was named the 2017 Distinguished Citizen of the Year by Business High Point – Chamber of Commerce. The award reflects his leadership at HPU and in the city’s downtown revitalization efforts
Qubein received the honor today at the annual Membership Awards Celebration for Business High Point – Chamber of Commerce, where hundreds were in attendance.
“Dr. Qubein is known to all of us by his significant accomplishments here in High Point, nationally and globally,” said David Congdon, chairman for Business High Point – Chamber of Commerce. “He is not only an incredible person who is faithful to his family, friends and colleagues, but he exemplifies the meaning of a visionary leader. He is constantly thinking about the future in creative and imaginative ways.”
During the last year, Qubein accepted a request from Forward High Point to lead major components of bringing a professional baseball team to a stadium in downtown High Point, as well as catalyst projects that would transform downtown into a destination point. He went on to raise $50 million in private gifts to support those projects, as well as another $50 million in commitments from Triad developers to build apartments and a hotel in the downtown area.
“Dr. Qubein’s involvement with downtown revitalization began with a somewhat innocent ask, but also the insistence of Forward High Point,” Congdon told the audience. “We asked if he could raise funds to get a team and naming rights for the stadium. Then, his skill as a visionary leader, coupled with faithful courage and timeless determination, kicked in. He told me we needed more than just a multi-purpose stadium. We needed to create a destination. So he went on to raise $50 million for the baseball team’s acquisition, the stadium’s naming rights, a children’s museum, a park and an educational cinema. Plus, he obtained commitments from Roy Carroll to build a hotel and from Blue Ridge Companies to build apartments, which amounted to another $50 million. So we now have $100 million in private investments, plus the city’s investment of $36 million to build the stadium. That’s amazing.”
This is the second time Qubein has received this award, and he is the only recipient in the history of the organization to receive it twice. He was also honored as Distinguished Citizen of the Year in 1994. In addition, Qubein was highlighted this month by Business North Carolina as one of North Carolina’s most influential leaders in the Power 100 NC Leaders Edition.
“I am so proud to be a citizen of High Point, a friend, and a partner with all of you in this mission,” Qubein told the audience today when he accepted the honor. “How we change is how we succeed. How we change is how we ensure our future is filled with success and framed with significance. This downtown transformation could not have happened without all of you – city leadership, philanthropists, volunteers and many others – coming together. And this downtown transformation is about so much more than brick and mortar projects. It’s about pride in our city. I am absolutely faithful about our future. I know that the next decade in the city of High Point is going to be a thriving decade.”