Meet the Deans 2019


Dr. Angela Bauer

Dean of the Wanek School of Natural Sciences

Education: B.A. in psychology and neuroscience from Lawrence University in Wisconsin; a Ph.D. in neuroscience from Northwestern University.

Accolades: Dr. Bauer has been part of the HPU family since 2013. She joined as chair of the Department of Biology and has taught courses in endocrinology and women’s health. In 2019, she became dean of the Wanek School of Natural Sciences, where she leads students and faculty in one of the most innovative undergraduate science facilities in the nation. Bauer has a bachelor’s in psychology and neuroscience from Lawrence University in Wisconsin, a doctorate in neuroscience from Northwestern University and she conducted postdoctoral studies at Harvard Medical School. Before coming to HPU, she worked at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and was awarded the University of Wisconsin’s Diversity Award for inclusive classroom practices that closed the achievement gap between majority and underrepresented students in introductory science courses. Bauer was awarded the Extraordinary Leadership Award at the Convocation Ceremony in August 2018. The award recognizes an HPU faculty member who has distinguished himself or herself through providing extraordinary leadership contributions that advance the excellence of the university.

Focus at HPU: Bauer is leading the new Wanek School of Natural Sciences to accommodate growth in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, neuroscience and physics majors.

“We are on the precipice of great transformation within the undergraduate sciences at High Point University. The innovative, holistic classroom approaches that have always been a hallmark of an HPU education will now take place in the context of one of the most unique, state-of-the-art undergraduate science facilities.”



Michael Oudshoorn Webb School of Engineering

Dr. Michael Oudshoorn

Dean of the Webb School of Engineering

Education: B.S. in computer science and applied mathematics; B.S. (Hons) in computer science; Ph.D. in computer science. All from the University of Adelaide, Australia.

Accolades: Dr. Oudshoorn has more than 30 years of experience as an educator. His career began at the University of Adelaide in Australia, where he worked for 20 years teaching computer science. He also served as the associate dean (international) for the faculty of engineering, mathematical and computer sciences. In that role, he was responsibile for international student recruitment and management of the faculty’s articulation and off-shore programs in Singapore and Malaysia. He relocated to the U.S. in 2003 and has held positions in several institutions as a dean or department chair. Since 2004, he has served as an ABET volunteer and has been involved in accreditation visits for computer science and cybersecurity programs. He is currently serving his second six-year term as an ABET commissioner and was elected to the executive committee in 2018. He has experience in designing and developing new degrees, including degrees at the undergraduate and graduate level. Prior to joining HPU, he led the development of a cybersecurity degree at a Midwestern university.

Focus at HPU: Oudshoorn is leading the design and development of the new Webb School of Engineering offering computer engineering and electrical engineering programs that began this fall. Additional programs will be added in 2020. Computer science is a department within the School of Engineering, and the goal is to grow that program significantly and develop a focus on cybersecurity.

“Henry Petroski said, ‘Science is about knowing; engineering is about doing,’ and, ‘Failure is central to engineering. Every single calculation that an engineer makes is a failure calculation. Successful engineering is all about understanding how things break or fail.’ At HPU, we are producing engineers who know how to apply science and mathematics to solve everyday problems in a socially responsible manner with the goal of making the world a better place.”



Dr. Virginia McDermott 

Dean of the Nido R. Qubein School of Communication

Education: B.A. in communication from The College of New Jersey; M.A. in communication from Texas State University; Ph.D. in communication from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Accolades: Dr. McDermott came to HPU from the University of New Mexico, where she spent nine years as a faculty member in the Department of Communication and Journalism. Her research examines how problematic events change the nature of relationships and conversations, how communication facilitates coping and how communication campaigns can be used to address health disparities and social inequities. For the past few years, she and her students have addressed various health risk issues, including teen pregnancy and prescription drug abuse, by using a community-based approached to campaign development. Her recent publications include articles in Communication Theory and The Journal of International and Intercultural Communication. She has extensive experience in organizational training and specializes in seminars on how to develop a positive organizational environment.

Focus at HPU: McDermott came to HPU to design and direct the master’s program in strategic communication. The program now has approximately 40 graduate students, including students in the innovative B.A. to M.A. program, which allows exceptional students to start taking graduate classes their senior year. In her role as dean, Dr. McDermott has overseen the Nido R. Qubein School of Communication $1 million studio upgrade and looks forward to working with the faculty as they develop new experiences that enhance student learning.

“Our faculty and staff have over 500 years of experience in the communication industry, and include those who were formerly the director of the “Today” show, the owner of a large public relations agency, a senior research fellow at the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, a former professional event manager and almost every other role in the communication field you can imagine. This ensures our more than 800 communication students receive an extraordinary education, enhanced with real-world experience.”



Mariann TilleryDr. Mariann Tillery

Dean of the Stout School of Education

Education: B.A. in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro; M.S. and Ph.D. in school psychology from North Carolina State University.

Accolades: Dr. Tillery, a Phi Beta Kappa inductee, has published numerous articles on facilitating collaboration between special and regular education teachers and implementing an inclusion model of instruction. In her tenure at HPU, she has served as chair of the university’s Advisory Board for Educational Assessment and, in 2009, Dr. Tillery was the recipient of one of the Piedmont Triad’s 2009 Women Extraordinaire Awards, given by Business Leader Media. She is also a North Carolina-licensed psychologist. In 2018 the Stout School of Education, in partnership with Guilford County Schools and A&T State University, was the recipient of a $3.7 million federal Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) grant designed to prepare quality teachers to serve in high-need Title 1 schools. Tillery currently serves as the project director for the grant which provides funding from the U.S. Department of Education for the next four years. Representing the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities, Tillery also serves as a member of the North Carolina Teaching Fellows Commission with an appointment that runs through July 2021.

Focus at HPU: Under Tillery’s leadership, the Stout School of Education has established the university’s first doctoral degree program in educational leadership, designed to prepare 21st-century district leaders to solve problems of practice. She has developed several B.A. to M.Ed. programs in literacy, STEM, educational leadership and special education for students to continue their study at HPU. The School of Education has become a LEGO education service provider for North Carolina, offering training to educators across the state on how to use educational manipulatives to teach the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.

“At HPU, I am reminded every day of how fortunate I am to be surrounded by individuals whose passion and sense of purpose is to positively impact this generation of young people.”



Daniel ErbDr. Daniel Erb

Dean of the Congdon School of Health Sciences

Education: B.A. physical therapy from the University of Pittsburgh; M.S.; Ph.D. in anatomy from the Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University.

Accolades: Dr. Erb hails from Duke University, where he served for 11 years as the director of graduate studies and associate professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Division of the Department of Community and Family Medicine. Dr. Erb has extensive experience in curriculum development, implementation and assessment. He also has decades of experience in global public health and providing healthcare services to the underserved.

Focus at HPU: Erb is building an innovative school of health sciences that includes current programs in exercise science, athletic training, physician assistant studies and physical therapy. Erb is also exploring the possibility of establishing a bachelor’s in nursing program. Together, these programs will enable individuals to meet the increasing demand for physicians around the world.

“We are changing lives in a positive way. HPU is about giving and being, not getting and having. There is a willingness on this campus to accept and meet challenges with a can-do attitude.”



Dr. Earle “Buddy” Lingle

Interim Dean of the Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy

Education: B.S.and M.S. in pharmacy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Ph.D. in pharmacy administration with a specialization in public affairs from the University of Texas at Austin.

Accolades: Dr. Lingle worked for a health care consulting firm in the metropolitan Washington, D.C., area and has served as a consultant on various health care issues for South Carolina state legislators and legislative committees, agencies and governors. Additionally, he provided counsel to several pharmaceutical companies, including GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, Lilly, MedImmune, Merck, Pfizer and Sandoz. Lingle taught at two other universities prior to HPU and is the recipient of multiple outstanding teaching awards.

Focus at HPU: Under the leadership of Lingle, the Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy will continue to develop and grow to prepare students for a promising future in pharmaceutical therapy and patient care.

“We want to provide HPU students with a holistic education in the Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy through not only the curriculum, but also by giving them the opportunity to participate in professional organizations, network within the pharmacy profession and serve others in the Triad community.”



Carole StonekingDr. Carole Stoneking

Dean of the David R. Hayworth College of Arts and Sciences

Education: B.A. in religion from Rhodes College; M.Div and Ph.D. in theology and ethics from Duke University.

Accolades: Dr. Stoneking is an ordained minister, elder in the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church and serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of Christian Bioethics. She has published articles in Christian Century, Christian Bioethics, the Church Health Reader, and Studies in Christian Ethics, and is an active member of the Society of Christian Ethics and the American Academy of Religion. Dr. Stoneking has also contributed chapters to a number of books, including “Blackwell Companion to Christian Ethics” and “Aging and Spirituality.” She is co-author of “Growing Old in Christ.”

Focus at HPU: Stoneking was appointed dean of the David R. Hayworth College of Arts and Sciences in 2006. The college houses 23 majors and 30 minors and is home to over 150 full-time faculty. During her tenure as dean, Stoneking has chaired four dean searches, as well as multiple chair searches. Under her leadership, 112 of the university’s 150 faculty have been hired, three new departments have been organized, and multiple new programs and majors have been developed, including interdisciplinary programs in civic responsibility and social innovation, environmental studies, Latin American and Caribbean studies, women and gender studies, and service learning.

“I am privileged to work with people who value and appreciate ideas and dreams, colleagues whose efforts are grounded in hope and directed toward our shared future: our students.”


Jim Wehrley


Dr. James Wehrley

Dean of the Earl N. Phillips School of Business

Education: B.B.A. in finance from the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater; M.B.A. from Baylor University; Ph.D. in business education from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Accolades: Wehrley has received multiple teaching awards, including the Meredith Clark Slane Distinguished Teaching/Service Award, the Alpha Chi Teaching Award and the Exemplary Teacher Award presented by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church.

Focus at HPU: Wehrley is steering the course of the Phillips School of Business through curriculum changes, implementing innovative instructional techniques, introducing practical experiential learning situations and providing opportunities for students to hone their job-search skills.

“The students make my job rewarding. They recognize and appreciate that the faculty and staff have their best interests and success at heart, and they respond with significant personal and professional growth.”



Dr. John Turpin

Dean of the School of Art and Design

Education: B.S. interior design, Florida State University; M.S. architecture, University of Cincinnati; Ph.D. design history, theory and criticism, Arizona State University.

Accolades: Before coming to HPU, Dr. Turpin was chair of the Department of Interior Design at Washington State University where he participated in a number of interdisciplinary courses and activities at the Interdisciplinary Design Institute in Spokane. He is a member of the Interior Design Educators Council’s College of Fellows, a founding editor of Interiors: Design, Architecture, Culture which received a CELJ Award for Best New Journal (2012), and the current editor-in-chief of the Journal of Interior Design. Past awards and honors include: Most Admired Educators of 2011 by DesignIntelligence, WSU University College Assessment Leadership Award (2010), ASWSUS Student Choice Award for Academic Excellence in Teaching (2006, 2008, 2011), IDEC Presidential Award (2010), IDEC Awards of Excellence for Research (2005, 2008, 2009, 2010) and Service (2012, 2014). He is currently serving on North Carolina’s Department of Public Instruction advisory board to provide guidance on interior design curriculum. He has been on the board of visitors for the Council of Interior Design Accreditation since 1999.

Focus at HPU: Turpin is the founding dean of the School of Art and Design and performs an active role as a professor of interior design. The university is recently accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design due to the efforts of the entire faculty and staff in the School of Art and Design. Turpin’s focus continues to be the development of new, relevant, high-quality programs that will allow graduates an opportunity to become future change agents.

“I like to quote Kurt Vonnegut in saying, ‘Go into the arts. I’m not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.'”


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