On July 1, Dr. Nido Qubein, president of High Point University, began a three-year term as chairman of North Carolina Campus Compact’s Executive Board. The board is made up of presidents and chancellors from the nearly 40 colleges and universities that are part of the statewide network.
Dr. Qubein’s appointment was announced during the Compact’s annual Pathways to Achieving Civic Engagement (PACE) Conference this past February. He is the third campus leader to serve in this position. Elon University President Leo M. Lambert became the organization’s founding board chair in 2002. In 2008, Appalachian State University Chancellor Kenneth E. Peacock assumed the post and served until stepping down last month.
Qubein became president of High Point University in 2005 and has since transformed HPU’s academic programs and facilities. Since he began his tenure at HPU, undergraduate enrollment has more than tripled, and many new academic initiatives such as the Service Learning program have been launched at HPU. Through this program and numerous other service endeavors, the HPU family contributes more than 100,000 hours of service to the community each year.
A successful entrepreneur and philanthropist, Qubein tells students in his President’s Seminar for freshmen and seniors to focus the efforts of their lives in three areas: one-third on learning, one-third on earning, and one-third on serving. 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, and the High Point Community Foundation.
“I have observed and admired President Qubein,” says Kenneth E. Peacock, chancellor at Appalachian State University and current chair of the NC Campus Compact executive board. “His vision and transformational leadership will make an invaluable difference for our state’s Compact, an organization that positively impacts the lives of so many people.”