Dr. Nido Qubein has served as president of High Point University since 2005. An accomplished business leader and dedicated philanthropist, he has led the university through an extraordinary transformation including major increases in traditional undergraduate enrollment (from 1,450 to 4,500 students), the number of faculty (from 108 to 300), and the addition of 90 new and acquired buildings on campus, with a total investment of $1.6 billion. Under his leadership, four academic schools have been added – the Nido R. Qubein School of Communication, the Congdon School of Health Sciences, the School of Art and Design, and the Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy. The University, during his tenure, moved to a doctoral degree-granting institution and added masters and doctoral programs, invested heavily in state-of-the-art technology, and resourced academic programs with personnel, facilities, equipment, and budgets.
With his contacts and fundraising experience, Dr. Qubein led HPU in raising $300 million in gifts and pledges without a formal campaign. He has been one of HPU's most generous supporters. Study abroad programs increased from 5 to 67, and many new academic initiatives were started including Undergraduate Research and Creative Works, Service Learning, and Learning Excellence.
President Qubein is a successful, sought-after speaker who has delivered more than 6,000 presentations across the U.S. and beyond to corporations, associations, and non-profit organizations. But as someone who came from humble beginnings, he lives by a principle found in the Gospel of Luke: "To whom much is given, much is required." He teaches this principle to students through his Freshman Seminar, and he works tirelessly to ensure that holistic learning and a values-based education remain the cultural focus of his institution.
President Qubein has been a dedicated servant leader of the High Point community and High Point University for many years. Amidst his successful career, he dedicated time to serve as a director or chairman of many organizations, including YMCA of the USA, which oversees 2,600 YMCA's across the country, the High Point Chamber of Commerce, the United Way of Greater High Point, the High Point Economic Development Corp., and the High Point Community Foundation. He is the founder of the National Speakers Association Foundation, where the highest award for Philanthropy is named for him.
Prior to accepting the role as seventh president of High Point University, Dr. Qubein served as chairman of an international consulting firm. He became a professional speaker known for engaging audiences with topics covering change, leadership, and branding, and he has written a dozen books and recorded scores of audio and video learning programs translated into many languages.