HPU Family Establishes the Mitchell Family Endowed Scholarship

Jul 22nd, 2022

HPU Family Establishes the Mitchell Family Endowed Scholarship

Pictured from left are Jill, Jim, Sam and Charlie Mitchell of Warrenton, Virginia. The Mitchells recently established the Mitchell Family Endowed Scholarship at HPU.

HIGH POINT, N.C., July 22, 2022 – High Point University parents Jill and Jim Mitchell recently established the Mitchell Family Endowed Scholarship to support the Learning Excellence program. In recognition of their generosity, the couple will be honored in the Elizabeth Miller Strickland Scholarship Plaza.

“I am honored that many in our HPU community, like the Mitchells, believe in our mission, vision and desire to help our students in their pursuit of education,” says HPU President Dr. Nido Qubein. “Named endowments and scholarships allow us the resources to provide financial assistance to students in perpetuity, while also ensuring they are able to remain focused and fully engaged in the classroom.”

Jill and Jim’s son, Charles “Charlie,” is a rising junior at HPU studying entrepreneurship in the Earl N. Philips School of Business. When choosing a school to attend for college, Charlie was looking for a school that would offer support and resources to help him succeed in his education. Ultimately, Charlie chose HPU for the many programs available to assist in his educational journey.

“We are happy to help provide financial support to ensure student success in college,” says Jim Mitchell. “The Learning Excellence Center is a great resource for many students.”

Jim is the president of Superior Paving Corporation, an asphalt paving company, in Gainesville, Virginia. The company was started in 1976 by Jim’s father, Bart Mitchell, and two friends, Bob Surface and Ron White. The company is now run by Jim, as well as Frank Surface and David White, the children of the company’s two other founding partners. Jim graduated from Lynchburg College in 1991 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. After college, he began at their family business, Superior Paving Corporation, as an estimator. Over the years, he worked his way up in the company and in 2011, Jim was promoted to president of Superior Paving Corporation. In addition to his role at the Superior Paving Corporation, Jim has served in multiple leadership positions for the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA). At the January 2022 association meeting, Jim was sworn in as the new chairman of NAPA. By Jim’s request, the association hosted Dr. Qubein as the keynote speaker for the event.

Jill and Jim met almost 30 years ago when a mutual friend set the couple up on a blind date.  They have now been married for 27 years. Several years after getting married, the Mitchells were blessed with their two children, Sam and Charlie. Though a year younger than Charlie, their daughter, Sam, is also a rising junior at the University of Tennessee in the hospitality and event management program. Over the years, Jill has been an advocate for their children and supported them through their childhood and into their lives as young adults. In addition to her children, Jill has a passion for the country lifestyle that includes caring for many animals and serving on the board of the SPCA.

For more information about how you can make a difference with an endowed fund, please contact Chris Dudley, senior vice president for development, at cdudley@highpoint.edu or McKennon Shea, associate vice president for development, at mckennon@highpoint.edu.