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Steve Wozniak Innovator in Residence

Innovator in Residence

Steve Wozniak
Apple Computer
Co-founder
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Innovator in Residence Steve Wozniak – Apple Computer Co-founder


“The Woz” first inspired HPU students when he delivered the Commencement address in 2013. The Apple Computer co-founder has been connected with High Point University ever since. Woz meets with students in many majors including computer science, entrepreneurship, pharmacy, exercise science, communication and more. He’s even coaching a student group building an autonomous driving vehicle.

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Entrepreneur in Residence

Marc Randolph
Netflix Co-founder
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Marc Randolph – Netflix Co-founder
Through this role, Randolph works with students in a variety of majors across campus, such as entrepreneurship, business and communication. He first visited HPU in 2015, when he met with students who pitched their business plans. Based on the advice he gave to student Emily De Lena, she now runs her own company, DomTech sports.
Cynt Marshall

Sports Executive in Residence

Cynt Marshall
Dallas Mavericks Chief Executive Officer
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Cynt Marshall – Dallas Mavericks Chief Executive Officer


Marshall has been CEO of the Dallas Mavericks since May 2018. Before joining the professional basketball team, Marshall served in leadership roles at AT&T. She started in 1981 and held a variety of line and staff positions in the operator services, network engineering, operations, external and legislative affairs departments. Marshall served as the president of AT&T North Carolina for more than six years.

Journalist In Residence

Journalist In Residence

Byron Pitts
American journalist and author working for ABC News
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Byron Pitts


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 and a contributor to the newsmagazine 60 Minutes. He has covered the September 11, 2001 attacks and Iraq.

Executive Coach in Residence

Executive Coach in Residence

Dr. John C. Maxwell
Bestselling author
and internationally renowned leadership expert
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Executive Coach in Residence – Dr. John C. Maxwell


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.

Actor in Residence

Actor in Residence

Dean Cain
American Actor
Producer and Television Presenter
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Actor in Residence – Dean Cain


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.

Joe Michaels

Broadcaster in Residence

Joe Michaels
Director of the NBC “Today" show for 22 years
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Joe Michaels – Director of the NBC “Today" show for 22 years
Joe Michaels joined HPU in 2015 after retiring from a 22-year career at “TODAY." The eight-time Emmy award-winning director and a two-time Director’s Guild of America Honoree works with students in the Nido R. Qubein School of Communication.
Karen Jacobsen Global Artist in Residence

Global Artist in Residence

Karen Jacobsen
The “GPS Girl”
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Karen Jacobsen – The “GPS Girl”


Karen Jacobsen, global artist in residence at HPU, is internationally recognized for her voiceover work and musical performances. Her voice has been featured in text-to-speech systems in more than 400 million GPS and smartphone devices worldwide, including the female Australian voice of the original Siri application featured on Apple iPhones, iPods and iPads. Karen mentors students in the arts, communication, business, and more.

Bob Ryan

Sports Reporter in Residence

Bob Ryan
Retired sports columnist for The Boston Globe
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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. Ryan’s work still appears in the Globe semi-regularly. He is a regular panelist on ESPN’s Sunday morning roundtable, “The Sports Reporters,” and has been described as the “quintessential American sportswriter” and a basketball guru. Ryan is well-known for his coverage of basketball and for his stories covering the Boston Celtics in the 1970s.

Global Leader in Residence

Global Leader in Residence

William “Bill” E. Kennard
Former U.S. Ambassador and FCC Chairman
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Global Leader in Residence – William Kennard
Kennard served as the U.S. Ambassador to the European Union from 2009 to 2013. As ambassador, he worked actively to promote transatlantic trade and investment and to eliminate regulatory barriers to commerce. For his contributions, the American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union awarded Ambassador Kennard the Transatlantic Business Award, the organization’s highest honor. He currently serves as the chairman of the Board of Directors of AT&T, Inc. He also serves on the boards of Yale University, MetLife, Inc. and Ford Motor Company. U.S. News and World Report dubbed Chairman Kennard “a consumer champion for the digital age.” He has received many honors for his accomplishments including honorary degrees from Howard University, Gallaudet University and Long Island University, and awards from numerous nonprofit and business organizations.
Mark Sanborn

Leadership Expert in Residence

Mark Sanborn
President of Leadership Development Idea Lab
Sanborn & Associates
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Leadership Expert in Residence – Mark Sanborn


Sanborn is recognized throughout the world for his leadership. Most recently, he was ranked No. 5 in Global Gurus World’s Top 30 Leadership Professionals for 2019. Prior to that, he was honored with the Cavett Award, the highest honor the NSA bestows on its members, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the speaking profession. Sanborn holds the Certified Speaking Professional designation from the National Speakers Association (NSA) and is a member of the Speaker Hall of Fame.

Larry Quinn Sales Professional in Residence

Sales Professional in Residence

Larry Quinn
Chair of the Department of Marketing and Sales
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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. Mr. Quinn began his career at EDS and Xerox, earning most of his experience along the way in technology services, publishing, and computer equipment businesses. He was consistently cited for exceeding sales quotas and closure rates, as well as turning around challenging situations. During his business career, he maintained a consistent record of instilling loyalty and exceptional performance in teams through his creativity, hard work, and vision. Comfortable and effective in high visibility roles, Quinn now shares his insights and experience with High Point University.
Trust Expert in Residence

Trust Expert in Residence

David Horsager
CEO of Trust Edge Leadership Institute
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Trust Expert in Residence – David Horsager


David Horsager is the bestselling author of The Trust Edge and CEO of Trust Edge Leadership Institute. With clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies to professional sports teams and global governments, David has taken the platform across the United States and on 6 continents. He invented The Enterprise Trust Index™ and leads the charge in the nation’s foremost trust study—The Trust Outlook™.

Scott McKain – Corporate Educator In Residence

Corporate Educator in Residence

Scott McKain
Keynote Speaker, Bestselling Author, Sales & Customer Service Expert
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Scott McKain


Scott McKain has been recognized by Social Media Marketing Magazine as one of the 50 most influential marketing authors on Twitter. A popular keynote speaker on creating organizational distinction and delivering the Ultimate Customer Experience, McKain is Chairman of the Distinction Institute.

Ben Owen HPU Innovator in Residence

Artist in Residence

Ben Owen III
Studio Potter
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Artist in Residence Ben Owen III – American 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 Museum in Washington, D.C.; The International Folk Art Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico; The Schein-Joseph International Museum of Art in Alfred, New York; and The Mint Museum of Craft and Design in Charlotte, North Carolina. Over the past decade, he has addressed the needs of designers and collectors to create custom works to be installed in a series of premier hotels and public spaces including the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Tokyo, Japan; Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary, North Carolina; the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts; and Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Corporate Executive in Residence

Corporate Executive in Residence

Russell Weiner
President and COO of Dominos
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Russell Weiner
In his role, Weiner oversees the global centers of excellence teams responsible for marketing, operations, store growth and development, franchise relations, analytics and insights, and e-commerce in the U.S. Weiner was first named to the newly-created position of chief operating officer and president of the Americas in July 2018. Weiner served as president of Domino's USA from October 2014 to July 2018. Named Brandweek's 2010 Marketer of the Year in the restaurant category, Weiner was responsible for the reinvention of Domino's menu and advertising. Under his leadership, Domino's introduced a new recipe for its traditional pizza, as well as Handmade Pan Pizza, Stuffed Cheesy Bread, Specialty Chicken and Parmesan Bread Bites.
Talent Acquisition Expert in Residence

Talent Acquisition Expert in Residence

Dee Ann Turner
Chick-fil-A Former Vice President for Talent
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Dee Ann Turner – Chick-fil-A Former Vice President for Talent 
Ms. Turner understands viscerally not only what employers value in employees, she also is an expert in how employers identify and attract talent to help lead their organizations. Turner was responsible for thousands of selections of Chick-fil-A franchisees and corporate staff members. She is the CEO of Dee Ann Turner & Associates, LLC, and a two-time bestselling author.
Clergy in Residence

Clergy in Residence

Rev. Dr. J. Alexander (Al) Ward
Former Senior Pastor of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church
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Clergy in Residence – Rev. Dr. J. Alexander (Al) Ward
Ward will work with religion faculty and pastors in the local church community to develop special projects such as preaching seminars and internship programs for students. He will also teach courses at HPU and provide mentorship to students pursuing divinity school or graduate studies in religion. A native of Durham, 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.

MENTORSHIP MOMENTS

THE FUTURE OF PHARMACY

THE FUTURE OF PHARMACY

Students in the Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy engage with Wozniak at a Health and Innovation Forum, as they discuss software and applications designed to streamline patient care.
DRIVING THE FUTURE

DRIVING THE FUTURE

Computer science and physics students are developing a driverless vehicle to make deliveries around campus. Wozniak’s wisdom has served as their North star while they navigate the process.
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FROM BLOGGER TO BUSINESS OWNER

“I didn’t think of myself as an entrepreneur before I met Mr. Randolph; I was just a girl with a blog. But it was a mind-opening experience that changed my perspective on everything.” -HPU student Mandy Engelman
SUCCESSFUL BUSINESSMAN

SUCCESSFUL BUSINESSMAN

“When a successful businessman like Marc Randolph tells us what to do with our product and our business, that’s a lesson we can take and apply – a lesson that we wouldn’t have normally thought of. This would not have happened at any other school” -HPU student Reza Moghtaderi Esfahani
WORDS OF “WOZDOM”

WORDS OF “WOZDOM”

HPU students gather with Woz at HPU’s Innovation Roundtable. During the conversation, students were able to delve into the mind of the man who invented the Apple I and Apple II computers.
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DOM TECH SPORTS

HPU Alum Emily DeLena 16’co-founded her business, DomTech Sports Netflix Co-founder Marc Randolph changed my life when he told me this simple but impactful thing: Build your prototype!