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The mission of High Point University’s Office of Career and Professional Development is to educate and empower all students to translate experiential learning to the professional world as it is going to be.

The Office of Career and Professional Development supports students in their professional journey wherever they may be. Whether searching for the right major, planning a career, considering graduate school, developing a resume or prepping for a big interview, our office assists in this ongoing process. We work to provide extraordinary experiential learning opportunities that allow students to discover and work towards their passions while developing life skills. Through trustworthy career advising, innovative employer engagement events, and endless professional development opportunities – students have the chance to grow as a professional so they are ready to enter the working world as it is going to be.


 

William A. (Bill) Gentry, Ph.D.

Assistant Vice President of Career and Professional Development

Contact: Cottrell Hall, Room 108  |  (336) 841-9470  |  wgentry@highpoint.edu  |  LinkedIn

Ph.D., Industrial-Organizational Psychology, University of Georgia

M.S., Industrial-Organizational Psychology, University of Georgia

B.A., Psychology and Political Science, Emory University

Bill joined HPU in September 2017 as the Director of Career and Professional Development. Promoted to Assistant Vice President in August 2020, Bill manages the career services team that provides career advising to undergraduate students, graduate students, and alumni across all fields of study. He also actively seeks, maintains, and fosters partnerships and relationships with employers to plan, implement, and manage programs to increase the number of opportunities for High Point University students to intern and work at quality local, national, and international organizations or attend graduate school. Prior to HPU, he was a senior research scientist, trainer, and director at the Center for Creative Leadership, a top-ranked global provider of executive education and leadership development. As an industrial-organizational psychologist, Dr. Gentry has amassed more than 70 academic presentations, published more than 40 academic articles, been featured in more than 50 Internet and news outlets (including Forbes.com, the Wall Street Journal, CNN.com, and Harvard Business Review) and wrote the highly acclaimed book Be the Boss Everyone Wants to Work For: A Guide for New Leaders (Berrett-Koehler Publishers).

Bill Can Help With:

  • Internship and job search strategies
  • Exploring career paths
  • Workforce readiness and development
  • Leadership development
  • If you are an employer, partnering with our office to open a pipeline of HPU students for internships and employment opportunities

Faith Cochran

Assistant Director of Career and Professional Development

Contact: Cottrell Hall, Room 133  |  (336) 841-9169  | fcochran@highpoint.edu  |  LinkedIn

M.A., Business Management, Wake Forest University

B.A., Psychology, Ohio University

Faith joined HPU in January 2017 as the Assistant Director of Internships, and in August 2020 became the Assistant Director of Career and Professional Development. She helps to plan, implement, and manage the University’s programs related to professional development and employer relations, while also managing the internship-for credit application, approval, and tracking process. In addition, Faith supervises a team of student workers, leads departmental data collection, and assist students in all aspects of their internship and job search.  Prior to HPU, she worked in human resources and student services. Faith enjoys giving students the resources to land an internship or job that will help them explore and launch a rewarding career.

Faith Can Help With:

  • Internship and job search strategies
  • Navigating Purple Briefcase, LinkedIn, and job boards
  • Networking, informational interviewing, and interview preparation
  • Cover letter, resume, and LinkedIn development

Nancy E. Benda

Career Advisor

Contact: Cottrell Hall  |  (336) 841-9627  |  nbenda@highpoint.edu  |  LinkedIn

M.Ed., College Student Affairs Administration, University of Georgia

B.A., Psychology and B.A., Communication, Hope College

Nancy joined HPU in October 2020 as a Career Advisor with a background in career services and student affairs administration. She believes that college is a time to develop who you are and discover where you want to go. When Nancy meets with students, she wants to help them identify interests, explore career/internship options, and define post-graduate goals. Nancy feels dedicated to empowering students to reach their highest potential and feels motivated to help students align their values, interests, and strengths with their career goals.

Nancy Can Help With:

  • Internship Guarantee Program registration and check-ins
  • Networking, LinkedIn, and informational interviews
  • Job and internship search strategies
  • Career exploration and PathwayU
  • Classroom presentations

Emily H. Long

Career Advisor

Contact: Cottrell Hall, Room 104  |  (336) 841-9266 |  elong@highpoint.edu  |  LinkedIn

M.Ed., Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

B.A., Psychology, East Tennessee State University

Emily joined HPU in June 2014 as a Student Success Coach assisting first-year students in their transition to college. Becoming a Career Advisor in 2018, Emily enjoys working with students on exploring majors and careers, refining their professionalism, and crafting excellent application documents for jobs and graduate schools. Prior to coming to HPU, Emily worked in career development services, academic advising, and first-year experience. Emily is deeply committed to inspiring students to discover their unique strengths and purpose at High Point University and beyond.

Emily Can Help With:

  • Researching academic majors and exploring related career paths
  • Self-assessments: PathwayU
  • Cover letter, resume, and LinkedIn development
  • Graduate School applications
  • Informational interviewing and job shadowing

Kellie F. McLeod

Career Advisor

Contact: Cottrell Hall, Room 105  |  (336) 841-9115  |  kmcleod@highpoint.edu  |  LinkedIn

M.Ed., College Counseling and Student Development in Higher Education, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

B.A., Psychology, Meredith College

Kellie joined HPU in July 2012 and brings many years of experience working with college students. She believes that developing a keen sense of self is critical to effectively plan for the future.  She enjoys helping students identify strengths, interests and skills within the context of a bigger picture – their personal values, faith journey, life goals, and calling/purpose in life.  Informational interviews and job shadowing are excellent ways to transition into a focused search for internships/full-time employment, and Kellie encourages students to initiate these experiences. Kellie also enjoys helping students develop a winning cover letter and resume.

Kellie Can Help With:

  • Researching academic majors and exploring related career paths
  • Self-assessments: PathwayU and StrengthsFinder (Kellie is a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach)
  • Informational interviewing and job shadowing
  • Job searching and networking strategies: cover letter, resume, and LinkedIn development
  • Classroom presentations

Allen C. Unger

Career Advisor, Phillips School of Business

Contact: Cottrell Hall, Room 134  |  (336) 841-9676  |  aunger@highpoint.edu  |  LinkedIn

M.S.Ed., Counselor Education/College Student Development, Long Island University School of Education

B.A., Sociology, C.W. Post College (L.I.U.)

A.A.S., Education and Training Management, Community College of the Air Force

Allen joined HPU in October 2018 and brings a wealth of experiences from a variety of careers including: Education; Retail Management; Corporate Training; Military Training; and Human Resources. He will focus primarily on students in the Phillips School of Business, and will share workshop delivery with his colleagues in the Careers and Professional Development department. As a former Human Resources professional, he has significant experience in recruiting, selection and onboarding of employees. He will bring these experiences to HPU to assist our students in reaching their aspirations to obtain internships, employment and/or graduate school admission.

Allen Can Help With:

  • Researching academic majors and exploring related career paths
  • Self-assessments: PathwayU
  • Informational interviewing and job shadowing
  • Job searching and networking strategies: cover letter, resume, and LinkedIn development
  • Classroom presentations

Megan Parker

Director of Corporate Relations

Contact: Cottrell Hall, Room 135  |  (336) 841-9851  |  mparker3@highpoint.edu  |  LinkedIn

M.S., Adult Education, concentration in College Leadership and Administration, North Carolina A&T State University

B.S., Recreation and Tourism Management, concentration in Planning and Promotions, Concord University

Megan joined HPU in October 2020 as the Director of Corporate Relations with a background in talent acquisition and career services.   She has worked in higher education since 2015 with different student populations to help them develop the professional skills needed in order to be successful in their careers after graduation.  Prior to her career in higher education, Megan worked in an events management role for a nonprofit organization and a corporate recruiting role supporting Fortune 500 companies.  She is passionate about creating opportunities for students to engage with employers and helping them to bridge the gap between higher education and the professional landscape.

Megan Can Help With:

  • Creating pipelines with employers to open internship and employment opportunities for HPU students
  • Sharing ways with employers on how they can get involved with our office
  • Creating opportunities for students to engage with employers
  • Inviting employers to campus

Mikalyn Sprague

Employer Relations and Events/Marketing Specialist

Contact: Cottrell Hall, Suite 103  |  (336) 841-9677  |  msprague@highpoint.edu  |  LinkedIn

B.S., Public Relations, Appalachian State University

Mikalyn graduated from Appalachian State University in 2019 and began at HPU in January 2020. Mikalyn works to maintain relationships with employers that are highly interested in High Point University students for jobs and internships. She also focuses on hosting career and internship fairs that employers come to, to recruit HPU students. Mikalyn is also a firm believer that marketing and communications lays the ground work for meaningful relationships and successful events. Part of her role is to expand upon Career and Professional Development’s marketing efforts to increase awareness and engagement with students and employers.

Mikalyn Can Help With:

  • Sharing ways to get involved with our office
  • Inviting employers to campus
  • Creating opportunities for students to engage with employers
  • Informing students of potential job/internship opportunities

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