HIGH POINT, N.C., Nov. 20, 2020 – High Point University President Dr. Nido Qubein has been named among Triad Business Journal’s “2020 Triad Power Players.”
Triad Business Journal compiles the annual list based on the regional impact Triad leaders are making in areas of economic development, investment, entrepreneurship and the workforce.
“The Triad region is blessed to have this amazing list of diverse leaders to help drive growth and change today, for a better future tomorrow,” said Qubein. “All leaders in the region remain committed to working together to continue ensuring that the Piedmont Triad thrives for years to come.”
Qubein was recognized for his 15 years of leadership at HPU, where he has guided the university to record enrollment with 5,600 students. Earlier this year, U.S. News & World Report named HPU the Best Regional College in the South for the ninth consecutive year and the Most Innovative College in the South for the sixth consecutive year. Qubein continues to lead HPU forward with the university’s $1 billion, 10-year expansion plan, which includes major efforts to increase scholarships, as well as the construction of the $120 million Nido and Mariana Qubein Arena and Conference Center, and the adjoining Kahn Hotel. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Truist Financial Corp.
Since becoming president of HPU in 2005, Qubein helped HPU grow from three academic schools to nine academic schools: the David R. Hayworth College of Arts and Sciences; the Phillips School of Business; the Nido R. Qubein School of Communication; the Stout School of Education; the School of Art and Design; the Wanek School of Natural Sciences; the Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy; the Congdon School of Health Sciences; and the Webb School of Engineering.
Qubein has led a $250 million investment in STEM programs, faculty and facilities along a half-mile stretch of campus known as HPU’s Innovation Corridor. The Innovation Corridor is home to the Webb School of Engineering, Wanek School of Natural Sciences, Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy and Congdon School of Health Sciences.
Qubein recently announced that HPU is issuing a challenge gift of up to $500,000 to the High Point Community Investment Campaign, a new fund for minority entrepreneurs in the city. He was called to play an integral role in the transformation of the city of High Point as well. He led efforts to raise $113 million for city revitalization, including securing the High Point Rockers baseball team and BB&T Point (now Truist Point) naming rights, as well as funding projects to attract visitors to downtown year-round.