National Board of Advisors


HPU’s National Board of Advisors is composed of Fortune 500 CEOs, thought leaders, and distinguished visionaries who have positively impacted the United States and the world in significant ways. As High Point University continues to develop new academic programs and attract students from broader geographic locations, these valued board members provide wise counsel with regards to university strategic goals, planning, and execution.



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General Colin L. Powell

Former Secretary of State, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and national security advisor

For more than 50 years, General Colin L. Powell has devoted his life to public service. Having held senior military and diplomatic positions across four presidential administrations, Powell’s deep commitment to democratic values and freedom has been felt throughout the world.

Steve Wozniak

Co-founder of Apple Computer Inc.

Wozniak helped shape the computing industry with his design of Apple’s first line of products, the Apple I and Apple II, and influenced the popular Macintosh. In 1976, Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple Computer Inc. with Wozniak’s Apple I personal computer.

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Daniel Burrus

Founder, President, and CEO of Burrus Research

Daniel Burrus is considered the world’s leading futurist on global trends and innovation.

Ron Wanek

Founder and Chairman of the Board of Ashley Furniture, Inc.

Ron Wanek started manufacturing furniture with only 35 employees in 1970. His company, Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc., is now the largest furniture manufacturer in the world and the largest furniture retailer in the U.S. with headquarters in Wisconsin.

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Dr. Anthony Atala

Director of Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine

Dr. Atala is a practicing surgeon and researcher in the area of regenerative medicine whose current work focuses on growing new human cells, tissues and organs. He has received global attention for using 3D printing to create organ prototypes.

Martin L. Flanagan

President and Chief Executive Officer of Invesco

Martin L. Flanagan is president and CEO of Invesco.

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Rich Handler

CEO and Director of Leucadia and CEO and Chairman of the Board for Jefferies Group

Rich Handler is the longest-tenured CEO on Wall Street. He is the CEO of Leucadia National Corp. and CEO of the Jefferies Group Inc.

Kelly King

Chairman and CEO of BB&T Corporation

Kelly King was ranked No. 3 Best CEO by Institutional Investor magazine in 2011. BB&T is the 9th largest financial institution in the country with 35,000 employees and $185 billion in assets.

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Bonnie McElveen-Hunter

Founder and CEO of Pace Communications & Chair of the Board of Governors of the American Red Cross

Bonnie McElveen-Hunter has served her country as US Ambassador to Finland, and continues to serve as chairman of the American Red Cross.

Kurt L. Darrow

President and CEO of La-Z-Boy Inc.

Kurt L. Darrow has played a pivotal role in La-Z-Boy’s success as Chairman of the Board and President and CEO.

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Tim Belk

Chairman and CEO of Belk, Inc.

Tim Belk leads the nation’s largest privately owned mainline department store company with sales totaling $3.5 billion in its past fiscal year.

David King

Executive Chairman of LabCorp

David King heads one of the largest clinical lab providers in the world.

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