Office Of The President About Dr. Nido R. Qubein
Dr. Nido R. Qubein became the seventh president of High Point University in January 2005. Driven by faithful courage, he continues to lead HPU through an extraordinary transformation that includes:
- Significant and measurable academic growth
- 183% increase in student enrollment
- 140% increase in faculty
- 248% increase in campus acreage
- And dozens of additional strategic growth accomplishments.
President Qubein has partnered with faculty and staff to forge new opportunities for HPU. Focusing on experiential education and holistic, values-based learning, graduates are prepared to live a life of both success and significance. He has served as past president of the Big South Conference and teaches a class to all freshmen titled, “The President’s Seminar on Life Skills.” In the course, Dr. Qubein shares with students the habits, skills, values, and the practical intelligence that one must apply to succeed in an ever-changing world.
He came to the United States as a teenager with limited knowledge of English and only $50 in his pocket. His inspiring life story is one filled with adversity and abundance. It is through the lens of his life accomplishments, that one appreciates his current role as an educator, philanthropist, and passionate advocate for the development of our future leaders.
About Nido R. Qubein
Prior to accepting the role as seventh president of High Point University, Dr. Qubein served as chairman of a consulting firm. He is the recipient of the highest awards given for professional speakers including the Cavett (known as the Oscar of professional speaking), the Speakers Hall of Fame, Horatio Alger Award for Distinguished Americans, The Order of the Long Leaf Pine (North Carolina’s highest civilian honor) and Sales and Marketing International’s Ambassador of Free Enterprise. Toastmasters International named him the Top Business and Commerce Speaker and awarded him the Golden Gavel Medal. He served as president of the National Speakers Association which has a membership of 4,000 professionals and is the founder of the National Speakers Association Foundation where the highest award for Philanthropy is named for him. He has been the recipient of many honors including the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and induction into Beta Gamma Sigma, the honor society for business leadership.
Nido Qubein’s business experience led him to help grow a bank in 1986 and today he serves on the board and chairs the executive committee of BB&T, a Fortune 500 financial corporation with $175 billion in assets and 35,000 employees. He is also chairman of Great Harvest Bread Company with 218 stores in 42 states and serves on the board of La-Z-Boy Corporation, one of the world’s largest and most recognized furniture retailers, and is a former board member of the YMCA of the USA, which oversees 2,600 YMCA’s across the country.
Dr. Qubein has written a dozen books and recorded scores of audio and video learning programs. He is an active speaker and consultant addressing business and professional groups across North America.