HPU News & Media Articles
Success Magazine Feature – Sept 2012
Excerpt From:Â Making the Grade
How Nido Qubein turned a little-known liberal arts college into one of the nationâ€™s top-ranked private schools.
By Karen Stevens of Success Magazine
Nido Qubein paces back and forth in front of the windowsÂ of his stately ofi ce, looking down at the handful of golf cartsÂ packed with people below. His pained look belies his usualÂ cheery, charismatic demeanor.Â The 64-year-old president of High Point University, a smallÂ private liberal arts college 90 minutes north of Charlotte, N.C.,Â is upset that open house is occurring andâ€”because of the sheerÂ number of requestsâ€”the school canâ€™t accommodate all of theÂ parents and students who want to tour his beautiful campus.Â Itâ€™s the same as turning away customers, says the man whoÂ sits on the board of big-name companies such as La-Z-Boy andÂ BB&T, â€śand I hate doing that!â€ť
The intense interest in HPU results from the transformation thatâ€™s taken place since Qubein (pronounced coo-BANE)Â became president of the university in 2005. Since then, theÂ once-quiet Methodist college in the middle of High Point, N.C.,Â a furniture industry-focused town, has become a gleaming,Â bustling institution of higher education that has to turn studentsÂ away. â€śSome private universities today are struggling, but weâ€™reÂ thriving,â€ť Qubein says. And people are taking notice.Â The schoolâ€™s about-face happened a lot sooner than anyone,Â including the president himself, had planned or expected.Â â€śThings started happening almost immediately when Dr.Â Qubein got here,â€ť says Chris Dudley, High Pointâ€™s vice president and chief of staff. â€śHe is a visionary leader, and his level ofÂ passion for this work is unparalleled.â€ťÂ As a result, since 2005 HPU enrollment has swelled fromÂ 1,624 traditional undergraduates to 3,673