HPU President Qubein Receives Honorary Doctorate From UNCG

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HIGH POINT, N.C., May 18, 2009 – High Point University President Dr. Nido Qubein was recognized by his graduate school alma mater on May 15 during the Commencement Exercises for the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He was awarded with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.

The event, held at the Greensboro Coliseum, featured Gov. Beverly Perdue as the Commencement speaker.

Qubein, who received the M.S.B.E. degree from UNCG’s Bryan School of Business & Economics in 1973, is an American success story. Qubein came to the United States in 1966 with little knowledge of English and only $50 in his pocket, and has worked hard to become successful. Not only does Qubein serve as president of HPU, he is active as a professional speaker, chairman of Great Harvest Bread Company, and director of several national organizations, including BB&T and La-Z-Boy Corp. He has authored two dozen books and audio programs – which are distributed worldwide – and has earned many awards and accolades for his hard work and dedication to his community and country.

Since Qubein took office as president of HPU in 2005, he has led a $300 million transformation of the university, including academics, athletics and student life. The transformed university is currently ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” In addition, Qubein teaches the President’s Seminar on Life Skills to all freshmen, giving them the career and life skills they will need in order to be successful. Enrollment has also grown: The traditional undergraduate day program has grown from 1,484 in 2005 to 2,700 in 2009. Freshman enrollment has gone from 370 in 2005 to 1,000 in 2009. Total enrollment is currently 3,600.

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in a fun environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with 3,500 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 50 countries and more than 40 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” The university offers 66 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate-degree majors. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at www.highpoint.edu.

Chris DudleyVice President for Administration336-841-4530cdudley@highpoint.edu

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