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HPU President Qubein Announces Challenge Gift to Create NC Campus Compact Endowment


President Nido Qubein. Photo: High Point University

Last week before a group of fellow college and university presidents and chancellors, High Point University President Nido R. Qubein announced High Point University will make a challenge gift of $200,000 to support the work of North Carolina Campus Compact. The gift will go toward creating an endowment to help ensure the long-term sustainability of the network.

“Campus Compact is a catalyst for campus and community partnerships,” Qubein said. “HPU appreciates that through Campus Compact, universities can maximize their roles as anchor institutions in their cities and continuously enhance their communities. For years to come, this gift will allow campuses and communities in North Carolina to work together for the benefit of all.”

The announcement came during the Compact’s annual Presidents Forum, a gathering where presidents and chancellors explore issues related to the Compact’s mission of promoting civic and community engagement in higher education. The 2017 forum – hosted by North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro on Feb. 8 – also marked the network’s 15th anniversary.

In announcing the gift, Dr. Qubein – who is the current chair of the Compact’s executive board – also spoke of his desire to honor the vision of Elon University President Leo M. Lambert, who founded the Compact in 2002. Dr. Lambert announced on February 13 his plan to step down as Elon’s president after 18 years of service.

“My thanks goes to Nido Qubein for his leadership of the Compact Board and for this generous challenge gift,” said President Lambert, “It was a great surprise and characteristic of President Qubein’s commitment to fostering civic engagement among North Carolina college and university students in communities across the Old North State.”


Members of the NC Campus Compact Executive Board (L-R): Chancellor David Belcher, Western Carolina; Leslie Garvin, NC Campus Compact; Chancellor Harold Martin, NC A&T State; President Leo Lambert, Elon; President Randy Parker, Guilford Tech; President Nido Qubein, High Point; President Andrew Seligsohn, Campus Compact (national); Dr. Smith Jackson, Elon. Photo: Andrew Krech.

North Carolina Campus Compact provides resources, recognition, and professional development to help faculty, staff, students, and administrators build the “engaged campus,” where student learning is connected to community life.

The Compact’s conferences and workshops serve almost 500 individuals each year; its online journal Partnerships and monthly newsletter reach nearly 3,000 subscribers; and its grant programs – including an AmeriCorps VISTA program – support projects that mobilize campuses to the address community challenges. The Compact currently has 37 member schools, and its main office is hosted by Elon University.

“For 15 years we have helped build the capacity of NC colleges and universities to develop service-minded students who can positively impact the quality of life in their local communities,” says Compact Executive Director Leslie Garvin. “We are so grateful to HPU for this gift, and we’ll use it deepen and expand our reach in the future.”

The 2017 Presidents Forum included discussions with national experts like Jaime Merisotis, president and CEO of the Lumina Foundation and author of the recent book America Needs Talent, who shared ideas for how higher education in NC can create a 21st Century workforce. Read more about his remarks here.

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