HPU Announces New Hires

HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 8, 2019 – High Point University welcomed nine new staff members in December and January. They are as follows:

Dawn Bowes joined the Service Learning program at HPU as the assistant director of civic responsibility and social innovation. She oversees the HPU AmeriCorps VISTA and Bonner Leader programs as well as the minor in Civic Responsibility and Social Innovation. All of these programs promote community engagement and provide professional development and volunteer opportunities for HPU students. Bowes comes to HPU with prior experience in university leadership and civic engagement programs for students. She has also worked in the nonprofit field and as a science and Spanish teacher, including living abroad in Honduras and Spain. She has a Master of Social Work, a Master of Arts in Teaching and a post-baccalaureate certificate in Peace and Conflict Studies. 


Taylor Pentz joined the Office of Student Success as a student success coach. He supports the academic, social, personal and career development of first-year students who have not declared a major. This includes helping them with their transition to college, developing their class schedules and getting involved on campus. Previously, he has worked as a career development coach, career advisor and instructor. Pentz holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a Master of Science, and a Specialist in Education. He is also a National Certified Counselor. 

Brenden Hargett joined the Office of Student Life at HPU as a clinical counselor. Hargett has years of experience in the mental health and addictions field having worked in a variety of settings public and private with expertise in complex trauma, social and emotional development, and psychiatric disabilities. He also provides consultation services to individual faculty, programs and departments. He holds a Ph.D. in rehabilitation counseling and rehabilitation counselor education, is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist, and Board Certified Counselor. 



Bianca Smith joined the Office of Student Life at HPU as an administrative assistant. She supports the programs of the office and has a vital role in helping students navigate various elements of life on campus. Her prior professional experience includes sample coordinator and web content administrator for Belk, as well as positions as a design assistant, office manager, operations assistant and style consultant. Smith has bachelor’s degrees in business administration-marketing and fashion marketing and management. 

Genine Davis joined Accounting Services at HPU as an accounts payable assistant. She processes the university’s accounts payable and disbursements and monitors outstanding travel advances. She also assists senior staff in the Office of Financial Affairs. Davis has more than 25 years of customer service and payables experience. She graduated from HPU in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. She also has a master’s degree in human resources. 




Amanda Cushing joined Student Financial Planning at HPU as a student financial planning counselor. She counsels students and parents on all student financial planning matters and assists them in understanding their student aid. Cushing has worked in financial aid offices in various capacities for eight years. She has a bachelor’s degree in religion-biblical studies with a minor in global studies.

Tracie Robinson joined Student Financial Planning at HPU as a data systems administrator. She is responsible for the data and processes used within the office to assist students with their financial planning. This includes running reports for award letters, pulling data on grants and loans, and ensuring systems are updated. Robinson has more than 10 years of experience working with financial aid. She received her bachelor’s degree in English. 




David Blair joined the Office of Information Technology at HPU as a computing support analyst. He ensures hardware devices across campus are functioning properly for staff, faculty, students and visitors. Previously he was a senior certified pharmacy technician for Walgreens with more than 10 years of experience. 


Dan Panosh joined the Office of Information Technology at HPU as computing support analyst. He provides customer service for students, faculty and staff who need IT support. He also helps them with troubleshooting issues involving devices and accounts. Panosh has experience as a service desk analyst, which included providing training, offering phone, email and in-person assistance, and assisting with the setup of computer labs and phone systems. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

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