Innovators

Steve Wozniak
Innovator in Residence
Co-Founder of Apple
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Innovator in Residence
Steve Wozniak
Apple Co-Founder
Apple co-founder, or “The Woz”, has been connected with HPU since 2013. Woz meets with students in many majors including computer science, entrepreneurship, communication and more.
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Entrepreneur in Residence
Marc Randolph
Netflix Co-Founder
Randolph works with students in a variety of majors, such as entrepreneurship, business and communication. He first visited HPU in 2015, when students pitched their business plans.
Cynt Marshall
Sports Executive in Residence
Cynt Marshall
Dallas Mavericks CEO
Marshall has been CEO of the Dallas Mavericks since 2018. Before joining the professional basketball team, she served as the president of AT&T North Carolina for more than six years.
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Journalist in Residence
Byron Pitts
American journalist and author working for ABC News
Byron Pitts is an American journalist and author working for ABC News. Until 2013, he served as a chief national correspondent for The CBS Evening News.
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Executive Coach in Residence
Dr. John C. Maxwell
Bestselling author and internationally renowned leadership expert
Dr. John C. Maxwell is a New York Times best selling author and motivational speaker. His titles include The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership and The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader.
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Actor in Residence
Dean Cain
American Actor, Producer and Televison Presenter
Dean Cain is known for playing the role of Superman in the TV series Lois and Clark, hosting Ripley's Believe it or Not, and starring in many other television series and film productions.
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Corporate Executive in Residence
Russell Weiner
CEO of Domino's
Weiner oversees the global centers of excellence teams responsible for marketing, store growth and development, franchise relations, analytics and insights, and e-commerce.
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Talent Acquisition Expert in Residence
Dee Ann Turner
Chick-Fil-A Former Vice President for Talent
As CEO of Dee Ann Turner & Associates, LLC, and a two-time bestselling author, Turner is an expert in understanding how employers identify and attract talent to help lead their organizations.
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Global Leader in Residence
William "Bill" E. Kennard
Former U.S. Ambassador and FCC Chairman
Kennard served as the U.S. Ambassador to the European Union from 2009 to 2013. He currently serves as the chairman of the Board of Directors of AT&T, Inc.
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Broadcaster in Residence
Joe Michaels
Director of the NBC "Today" show for 22 years
Joe Michaels joined HPU in 2015 after retiring from a career at “TODAY." The eight-time Emmy award-winning director works with students in the School of Communication.
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Sports Reporter in Residence
Bob Ryan
Retired sports columnist for the Boston Globe
Ryan has been writing for the Globe since 1968, covering all of Boston’s sports teams. He is well-known for his coverage of basketball and the Boston Celtics in the 1970s.
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Artist in Residence
Ben Owen III
Studio Potter
Owen currently works in Seagrove, North Carolina, and was born into a traditional pottery family. Works created by Owen are included in numerous museum collections including the Smithsonian.
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Dental Innovator in Residence
Dr. Rick Workman
Founder of Heartland Dental
Workman serves as Heartland Dental’s executive chairman. Before founding the company in 1997, Workman practiced dentistry for nearly 20 years. Today, Workman provides leadership advice to the more than 1,500 dental offices nationwide through various speaking engagements.
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Health Care Executive in Residence
Dr. Ellen Zane
Former CEO of Tufts Medical Center
Zane is a nationally renowned health care leader who previously served as the president and CEO of Tufts Medical Center in Boston. She currently holds two faculty appointments at Tufts University School of Medicine and a faculty appointment at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
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Personal Development Expert in Residence
Dr. Willie Jolley
Hall of Fame Speaker and Bestselling Author
Dr. Willie Jolley is an author, radio host, and motivational speaker. He is know for his motivational book, It Only Takes A Minute To Change Your Life. He has been named one of the outstanding five speakers in the World by Toastmasters International and was also inducted into the 2012 Speaker Hall of Fame by the National Speakers Association.
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Trust Expert in Residence
David Horsager
CEO of Trust Edge Leadership Institute
Horsager is the bestselling author of The Trust Edge and CEO of Trust Edge Leadership Institute. His clients range from Fortune 100 companies to pro sports teams to global governments.
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Leadership Expert in Residence
Mark Sanborn
President of Leadership Development Idea Lab Sanborn & Associates
Sanborn was ranked No. 5 in Global Gurus World’s Top 30 Leadership Professionals for 2019. He also holds the Certified Speaking Professional designation from the NSA.
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Corporate Educator in Residence
Scott McKain
Keynote Speaker, Bestselling Author, Sales & Customer Service Expert
McKain is recognized as one of the 50 most influential marketing authors. He is Chairman of the Distinction Institute and a keynote speaker on delivering the Ultimate Customer Experience.
Gary Inman
Designer in Residence
Gary Inman
President of Gary Inman Interior Design
Gary Inman devotes his career to advancing the art of fine living in the design of luxury resorts, hotels, homes, and furnishings. As president of Gary Inman Interior Design, his work for clients such as the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Pinehurst Resort, Duke University, Elm Court, the Emily Thorn Vanderbilt Estate, Hilton Hotels, and many of today’s most respected corporate leaders has been recognized with 18 ASID-IIDA awards, and the Elevate Award as the Top Luxury Hospitality Designer.
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Strategic Communication Expert in Residence
Christopher Ullman
Founder & President of Ullman Communications LLC
Chris Ullman is a communications professional with 35 years of experience across private, public, and non-profit sectors. In 2018, he established Ullman Communications LLC, a strategic advisory firm, serving the C-Suite, with an emphasis on financial services.
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Sales Professional in Residence
Larry Quinn
Chair of the Department of Marketing and Sales
Larry Quinn has mentored HPU students since 2013 after working in the business world as a top executive in sales and marketing for companies including EDS and Xerox.
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Clergy in Residence
Rev. Dr. J. Alexander "Al" Ward
Former Senior Pastor of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church
Ward graduated from High Point University in 1974. He went on to receive his Master of Divinity at Duke Divinity School and a Doctor of Ministry from Columbia Theological Seminary.
Marilyn Sherman
Personal Development Expert In Residence
Marilyn Sherman
Hall of Fame Speaker
Marilyn Sherman was was inducted into the National Speaker Association’s CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame in 2018. She is one of 182 members in the world who hold this designation, that is a representation of her body of work in the speaking profession to the clients she has served for over 25 years.
Sue Downes
Health Care Expert in Residence
Sue Downes
CEO and co-founder of MyEyeDr
Sue Downes had an extensive career in the eye care industry prior to starting the company, and has worked in almost every area of the eye care field for more than thirty years. Beginning with one office in 2001, she has led the MyEyeDr. brand to over 800 locations across twenty-seven states and the District of Columbia, with more practices joining every month.
JiNan Glasgow George
Intellectual Property Expert In Residence
JiNan Glasgow George
Managing Director and Founder of NEO IP and Co-founder of Magic Number
JiNan is recognized worldwide for her expertise in Intellectual Property. As an inventor, entrepreneur, patent attorney, and former USPTO patent examiner, JiNan’s background gives her the ability to see intellectual property from the corporate, legal services and government perspectives – a unique personal perspective not common in this industry. Currently, JiNan works with HPU's Entrepreneurship Club and has helped several of our students secure patents for their work.
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