HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 14, 2015 – High Point University welcomes Dr. Brandon Lenoir, a seasoned political communicator, as an assistant professor in the Nido R. Qubein School of Communication. He is one of 41 new faculty members, including 21 new positions, joining the university this year.
Lenoir leads HPU’s new concentration in political communication, a focus area in the strategic communication master’s program, which will prepare students for careers as strategists, campaign managers, political consultants and spokespersons for government agencies.
“I am excited to join the High Point University family,” says Lenoir, who relocated to High Point from Stillwater, Oklahoma. “Having the opportunity to work with a dynamic group of colleagues and mentor some of the best college students in the country is truly an honor.”
Lenoir’s professional experience in political communication began as deputy state controller of Idaho and continued in Washington, D.C., where he was executive director of a national association. He covered politics for seven years as a television anchor and reporter in Illinois, Michigan and Pennsylvania and won several AP and broadcaster awards. He has managed and consulted with numerous political campaigns.
Lenoir also taught political science at the University of Pittsburgh, Dickinson College, and most recently at Oklahoma State University, where he was awarded the 2015 President’s Leadership and Service Faculty Award and was named Professor of the Year for the College of Arts and Sciences. In addition to teaching, his research into voter behavior and mobilization has received both academic and mainstream media attention.
“Rolling into the 2016 presidential election cycle, I am excited to work in a key swing state,” Lenoir says. “Tying together my professional experience with my research, I will be able to bridge the theoretical and applied political worlds. Upon graduation, our students will be ready to make a real contribution to the American political system.”
Lenoir holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Idaho State University. He completed a master’s degree in American politics and a doctorate in political science at the University of Pittsburgh. He also has a Polling and Surveys Certificate from the University of Michigan.