HIGH POINT, N.C., April 28, 2021 – High Point University’s Access to Innovators Program continues to grow with the addition of Dee Ann Turner, former Vice President for Talent at Chick-fil-A. Turner joins HPU as Talent Acquisition Expert in Residence. Through her role, she will mentor and host professional development workshops with HPU students.
“Ms. Turner understands viscerally not only what employers value in employees, she also is an expert in how employers identify and attract talent to help lead their organizations,” says Dr. Nido Qubein, HPU president. “Our students will benefit measurably from her insight on effective leadership, teambuilding and the life skills that separate the extraordinary employee from the ordinary.”
Turner, who is the CEO of Dee Ann Turner & Associates, LLC, a two-time bestselling author and acclaimed keynote speaker, joins an impressive list of faculty in residence at HPU. This includes Apple Co-founder Steve Wozniak, HPU’s Innovator in Residence; Netflix Co-founder Marc Randolph, HPU’s Entrepreneur in Residence; Dallas Mavericks CEO Cynt Marshall, HPU’s Sports Executive in Residence; Former U.S. Ambassador and FCC Chairman William “Bill” Kennard, HPU’s Global Leader in Residence; ABC News’ “Nightline” Anchor Byron Pitts, HPU’s Journalist in Residence; American Actor, Producer and Television Presenter Dean Cain, HPU’s Actor in Residence; and many others.
Chick-fil-A Inc. selected Turner as their first female officer in 2001. She served as Vice President, Talent and Vice President, Sustainability for Chick-fil-A prior to her retirement in 2018 and worked for the company for a total of 33 years. She was instrumental in building and growing Chick-fil-A’s well-known culture and talent systems. During her long career, she worked closely with Chick-fil-A’s founder, S. Truett Cathy, and other key leaders as an architect of their organizational culture.
“I admire HPU’s commitment to student success, and I’m excited to be part of a growing, innovative campus,” says Turner. “I look forward to helping students further develop the life skills that HPU is committed to instilling. I know from experience that these are the skills employers are looking for in new team members.”
Turner was responsible for thousands of selections of Chick-fil-A franchisees and corporate staff members. Additionally, she led Talent Management, Staff Learning and Development, Diversity and Inclusion, and Culture and Engagement. Most recently, Turner launched and led the Sustainability function focusing on Chick-fil-A’s strategy to implement sustainable practices at the then $10.5 billion company.
Committed to giving back, Turner has also served on nonprofit boards in the past including The Kenya Project, Eagle Ranch and Proverbs 31 Ministries. Currently, she serves on advisory boards for Unconventional Business Network Women, Turas Group and Pure Hope Foundation.