HIGH POINT, N.C., June 4, 2013 – Steve Wozniak, Apple Co-Founder and creator of the first personal computer, has joined the Nido R. Qubein School of Communication Advisory Board at High Point University.
The communication major has become the second most popular major at the university. The program added several new tracks of study including interactive gaming, convergent journalism, electronic media and more. Most recently, the school became the first collegiate chapter in the country of the Hollywood Radio and Television Society (HRTS).
Wozniak helped shape the computing industry with his design of Apple’s first line of products, the Apple I and Apple II, and influenced the popular Macintosh. In 1976, Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple Computer Inc. with Wozniak’s Apple I personal computer. The following year, he introduced his Apple II personal computer, featuring a central processing unit, a keyboard, color graphics and a floppy disk drive. The Apple II was integral in launching the personal computer industry.
“We’re delighted that Wozniak has joined our board,” says Dr. Wilfred Tremblay, dean of the school. “Having someone who holds such a historic place in the digital revolution to help mentor our students will ensure that our students continue to receive cutting-edge, world-class instruction.”
Wozniak joins many more distinguished members on the School of Communication Advisory Board, including chairman David Neal, who was recently appointed Coordinating Producer for Super Bowl XLVIII. Neal is a 34-time Emmy award-winning producer, Fox’s World Cup Coordinator, and one of the most decorated figures of sports television. He worked at NBC for 30 years where he produced nine Olympics, four NBA Finals, two World Series and a Super Bowl pregame show. He is also the executive producer of the World Cup soccer coverage from 2015-2022 at Fox Sports.