HPU Names Bauer as Founding Dean for the Wanek School of Undergraduate Sciences

HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 21, 2019 – High Point University has named Dr. Angela Bauer as founding dean of the new Wanek School of Undergraduate Sciences.

Bauer has been a member of HPU’s faculty since 2013 as chair of the Department of Biology. She will lead the new school to accommodate growth in majors including biology, chemistry and physics.

Bauer has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and neuroscience from Lawrence University in Wisconsin, a Ph.D. in neuroscience from Northwestern University, and she conducted postdoctoral studies at Harvard Medical School. Before coming to HPU, she worked at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and was awarded the University of Wisconsin System’s Diversity Award for inclusive classroom practices that closed the achievement gap between majority and underrepresented students in introductory science courses.

“Dr. Bauer is an accomplished scientist who has demonstrated leadership throughout her career, including in HPU’s Department of Biology,” says HPU President Nido Qubein. “She was also instrumental in developing the university’s Quality Enhancement Plan, which fosters a growth mindset for students in all aspects of academic, professional and personal growth. Dr. Bauer is committed to HPU’s mission of preparing students for the world as it is going to be.”

A new $65 million, 128,000-square-foot facility for the Wanek School of Undergraduate Sciences is currently under construction and will complement the graduate programs in pharmacy, physical therapy and physician assistant studies. The Wanek School of Undergraduate Sciences is HPU’s sixth new academic school since 2005, when Qubein began a major transformation on campus.

“We are on the precipice of great transformation within the undergraduate sciences at High Point University,” says Bauer. “The innovative, holistic classroom approaches that have always been a hallmark of an HPU education will now take place in the context of one of the most unique, state-of-the-art undergraduate science facilities.”

The facility, slated to open in the fall, will accommodate rapidly growing undergraduate programs in the natural sciences but will also allow more experiential learning opportunities. The school will feature four stories of innovative lab and classroom space, as well as the Culp Planetarium. The facility will be equipped with programming to teach astronomy, earth science, anatomy and a variety of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) lessons for university students, as well as, elementary, middle and high school-age groups in the community.

“High Point University is quickly becoming known for its strong STEM programs,” says Dr. Dennis Carroll, HPU’s provost. “With the recent announcement of the establishment of the Webb School of Engineering and now the appointment of Dr. Bauer as founding dean of the Wanek School of Undergraduate Sciences, the university is demonstrating an even greater commitment to the STEM areas. Dr. Bauer is herself a remarkable scientist and teacher and will bring strong leadership to our undergraduate science programs.”

About Founding Dean Dr. Angela Bauer 

HPU’s Dr. Angela Bauer, founding dean of the Wanek School of Undergraduate Sciences, mentors students in the classroom.

Bauer has been part of the HPU family since 2013. As chair of the Department of Biology, she has taught courses in endocrinology and women’s health. Bauer has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and neuroscience from Lawrence University in Wisconsin, a Ph.D. in neuroscience from Northwestern University, and she conducted postdoctoral studies at Harvard Medical School. Before coming to HPU, she worked at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and was awarded the University of Wisconsin System’s Diversity Award for inclusive classroom practices that closed the achievement gap between majority and underrepresented students in introductory science courses. Bauer was recently awarded the Extraordinary Leadership Award at the Convocation Ceremony in August 2018. This award recognizes an HPU faculty member who has distinguished himself or herself through providing extraordinary leadership contributions that advance the excellence of the university.

About the Wanek School of Undergraduate Sciences

The Wanek School of Undergraduate Sciences is named after Todd and Karen Wanek, who are proud supporters of HPU.

A crowd of 500 people from the High Point community helped break ground on the facility in spring 2018. It is HPU’s 10th academic school and the sixth school established on campus since Dr. Nido Qubein became university president in 2005. The facility will open in fall 2019. Inside the facility, the 6,000-square-foot Culp Planetarium and lecture room space will include 125 seats, a 50-foot dome with a 4K projection screen and a state-of-the-art surround sound system. HPU received a $1 million philanthropic gift from Rob and Susan Culp and their family for the planetarium.

“We have admired the growth of the university under Dr. Qubein’s leadership through the years,” says Todd Wanek. “Joyce and I were honored HPU chose to recognize our family on this new facility that will help teach current and future students in the sciences.”

This is an architectural rendering of the Wanek School of Undergraduate Sciences building. It is expected to be completed this fall.

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