HPU’s Event Management Program Awarded Pinnacle Award for Fourth Straight Year

High Point University’s event management program has been named the best bachelor’s degree in the industry for the fourth year in a row. Pictured from left to right are Dr. Vern Biaett, chair and professor of event management, HPU students Alexa Maldonado, Morgan Banker, Kathryn Abel, Murphy DiRosa, Ashlyne McComb, Anna Dwares and Dr. Brianna Clark, assistant professor of event management.


HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 16, 2019 – High Point University’s event management program has been named the best bachelor’s degree in the industry again. For the fourth year in a row, the event management degree in the Nido R. Qubein School of Communication won the Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Award for Best Event Management Bachelor’s Degree.

Professors and event management majors who are a part of HPU’s student-run event club, Planning on Point, accepted the award during the International Festivals and Events Association conference in Williamsburg, Virginia. The conference recognizes some of the world’s top festivals, events and educational programs annually.

“For the past four years, HPU has offered a bachelor’s degree in event management, and for those past four years our degree has been recognized as the best in the world,” says Dr. Vern Biaett, chair and professor of event management. “It’s because we offer 12 unique event management courses that prepare students to work across the industry from social, business, travel, hospitality, tourism and sports events to community and cultural festivals. Our students secure meaningful internships, and our graduates all have jobs or have gone on to graduate school. We have assembled a special team of dedicated faculty, and we have some amazingly creative and passionate students.”

As the first event management program in the world to be housed in a School of Communication, HPU’s bachelor’s degree offers innovative courses and experiential learning to prepare students for successful and satisfying careers. In addition to their classwork, event management majors are also community partners, volunteering and interning more than 6,000 hours annually with local event-related organizations and facilities as well as several nonprofit organizations.

Graduates go on to produce events within the public, non-profit and private sectors, including weddings, conferences, festivals, sporting events and concerts. They are also prepared to work for a company in the hospitality, rental or marketing business that supports the festival and events industry.

“Dr. Vern Biaett deserves a round of applause for this award,” says Dr. Ginny McDermott, dean of the Nido R. Qubein School of Communication. “He has worked tirelessly to develop this program, and his dedication shows in the international recognition it has received. The event management program is a model of how well-designed curriculum and innovative faculty prepare students to excel in their chosen careers and to lead lives of significance. I am so proud of the EMG faculty and students.”

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