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CULPS GIVE $1 MILLION TO HPU

The gift will support the future Culp Planetarium on HPU’s campus.

High Point University received a $1 million philanthropic gift from Rob and Susan Culp and their family for the future planetarium on the High Point University campus. 

Rob serves as executive chairman of Culp, Inc. and treasurer of the HPU Board of Trustees, while his wife, Susan, serves on the Board of Visitors at HPU and is also a member of the Board of Directors at UNC Health Care. 

Rob and Susan say they feel privileged to support this effort.

“High Point University instills hard work, personal initiative and perseverance in their students,” says Rob Culp. “Several High Point University graduates are valued employees at Culp, and we are proud to have a thriving university anchor our city.” 

Their family embodies the same entrepreneurial spirit embraced on the High Point University campus. 

“The Culp family grew their business from the ground up, and they took risk to find success,” says Dr. Nido Qubein, High Point University President. “Their family is important to our city, and their values align with High Point University. We appreciate the exemplary leadership they model for our students.”

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LOCAL HPU ALUMNA GIVES GIFT TO SUPPORT EDUCATION

The Martha Luck Comer Learning Commons was named in her honor during a dedication ceremony on Oct. 5.

A High Point University alumna has made a substantial gift in support of education at her alma mater.

Martha Luck Comer Johnson, who graduated in 1954, received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education, was a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority and had an impactful teaching career with Moore and Randolph County Schools. She is a lifelong resident and community leader in Randolph County.

“I have admired the way High Point University has transformed itself into a state-of-the-art institution over the last decade, even in the midst of an economic recession,” Johnson says. “I am proud that the university where I was prepared for life as an educator continues to produce graduates eager to make an impact in the lives of others.”

To honor the positive impact she’s had on campus and in the Triad, HPU officially named the Martha Luck Comer Learning Commons during a ceremony on Oct. 5. The Martha Luck Comer Learning Commons is a library located in the heart of campus inside the Wanek Center. It provides students with large study spaces, individual desks for quiet study, computers, printers and a collection of reference material.

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DAVID AND CHRISTY COTTRELL MAKE A MAJOR GIFT TO NAME AMPHITHEATER

David and Christine Cottrell, parents of a High Point University graduate, have now contributed $5.5 million with their most recent commitment of $1.5 million to support an outdoor amphitheater.

The amphitheater seats 1,000 people and hosts several annual events, including major community events such as the Arbor Day Celebration, the High Point Arts Council Concert and performances by the North Carolina Brass Band.

It’s located behind Cottrell Hall, which the family supported with a $4 million lead gift when the facility opened in 2015. Cottrell Hall cost $26 million and was funded entirely by gifts from parents of current students from eight different states. Cottrell Hall houses all of the university’s experiential learning components under one roof, including Career and Professional Development, Internship Services, Undergraduate Research and Creative Works, the Freshman Success Program, the Sales Center, the Entrepreneurship Center and more.

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DON AND TERESA CAINE MAKE A MAJOR GIFT TO HPU FOR NEW CONSERVATORY

Don and Teresa Caine, owners of Greensboro-based Camco Manufacturing, have generously given a major gift in support of a new Conservatory at High Point University. It will be located near a new undergraduate sciences facility that’s part of a major expansion.

The conservatory will provide space for students and faculty to conduct botanical research and propagate plants for the Mariana H. Qubein Arboretum and Gardens. A classroom, working greenhouse, new eatery and planting display space for the community at large will be housed in the facility.

Don Caine graduated from HPU in 1965. A year later, he and Teresa began Camco Manufacturing with one product. Today, Camco has more than 1,200 employees, 3,000 products and multiple manufacturing facilities in the United States and around the world. Camco has also been named to the North Carolina Top 100 by Business North Carolina for six consecutive years.

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BOB AND MAGGIE STOUT DONATE $5 MILLION TO HPU

Robert “Bob” and Maggie Stout of Greensboro are supporting High Point University’s School of Education with a multi-million dollar gift. The Stouts, longtime business, civic and city leaders in the Piedmont Triad, have donated $5 million to HPU.

Bob Stout is a lifetime High Point University Board of Trustee who retired from Steel Bar Corp. in Greensboro. He served as chairman for Goodwill Industries, the Greater Greensboro Open (now the Wyndham Championship on the PGA Tour) and a number of other groups in the Triad. He graduated from the University of Tennessee, where he played football, and served in the U.S. Air Force. Maggie Stout grew up in Kernersville and worked as a medical secretary. Her mother was a first grade teacher at Forsyth Country Day School.

The Stouts have a strong history of supporting HPU and have previously established a scholarship for business. They are also strong supporters of several nonprofit organizations, including the United Way of Greater Greensboro. They are members of Sedgefield Presbyterian Church.

“Bob and Maggie’s stewardship exemplifies the caring spirit that we model on our campus,” says Dr. Nido Qubein, HPU president. “The impact of this gift will benefit not only our future teachers, but the lives of students in their classrooms.”

In recognition of the family’s commitment to their community, HPU will name the School of Education in their honor.

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HPU REACHES $300 MILLION IN GIVING WITH NEW GIFT FROM COACH TUBBY AND DONNA SMITH

High Point University has reached a milestone in fundraising over the last decade.

HPU has now received more than $300 million in gifts since 2005 thanks the generosity of parents, alumni and advocates who gave several million in 2016, as well as a new gift from one of the university’s most recognized alumni couples.

University of Memphis head men’s basketball coach Orlando “Tubby” Smith and his wife, Donna Smith, are donating $1 million to support HPU’s new Nido and Mariana Qubein Arena and Conference Center. The arena will become the home of HPU’s men’s and women’s basketball programs, and the basketball court will be named in honor of the Smiths.

The Qubein Arena and Conference Center will also serve as a venue for major events, speakers, concerts, entertainment and other large gatherings and recreational activities. It will seat 4,500 spectators and include suites, locker rooms, staff offices, concession stands, a merchandising area, media suite, film room, press conference room, weight room, athletic training room, hospitality area, high tech audio and video equipment, ticket office and practice gym.

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HPU RECEIVES $1 MILLION FROM BNC BANK

High Point University is receiving a generous $1 million

gift from BNC Bank to support Congdon Hall, which will house the Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy and the Congdon School of Health Sciences.

BNC is headquartered in High Point and was founded in 1991 by a group of dedicated local leaders. Today, BNC boasts $7.5 billion in assets, and is one of the most profitable and fastest-growing banks in the Southeast with branches in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

Rick Callicutt, a 1980 HPU graduate and High Point native, is the president and CEO of both BNC and its parent company, BNC Bancorp. He received his business administration degree from HPU and began his banking career four days after he graduated.

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$10 MILLION GIFT TO FUND HPU'S NEW UNDERGRADUATE SCIENCES

High Point University has received a $10 million gift from an anonymous donor that will support a new undergraduate sciences school and building. Construction on the facility will begin in summer 2017.

At $60 million, the undergraduate sciences facility will accommodate growth in majors including biology, chemistry and physics. A dean will be hired to facilitate the expanding sciences held within the new school. The building will also house a state-of-the-art planetarium and will include an adjoining conservatory. These programs complement HPU’s new graduate programs in physician assistant studies, pharmacy and physical therapy.

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HPU RECEIVES $3 MILLION FROM TRIAD ENTREPRENEURS

A couple with roots in High Point is generously giving $3 million to High Point University.

David Couch, CEO of The Blue Ridge Companies Inc., and his wife Stephanie Quayle, an accomplished singer and songwriter, made the gift to HPU in recognition of the university’s leadership and positive impact in the city of High Point.

Couch worked closely with project development teams at The Blue Ridge Companies Inc., based in High Point, to develop an extensive portfolio of commercial and multi-family properties. Prior to forming Blue Ridge, Couch was co-owner of a commercial real estate brokerage firm in High Point.

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HIGH POINT FAMILY INVESTS IN HPU

High Point University has received a major gift from Dr. Michael and Susan Samuel. The Samuels are longtime residents of High Point who believe the success of HPU contributes to the success of their community.

Dr. Samuel, a native of High Point, established a successful dental practice in High Point in 1966 and just completed 50 years serving the community. The practice is owned and operated today by one of his sons. He also serves on the university’s Board of Visitors. Susan Samuel led an accomplished business career and now serves as a community volunteer and advocate. She is a past president of the Junior League and serves on the Open Door Ministries of High Point Advisory Board. Both have served in leadership positions in their church, Wesley Memorial United Methodist. The Samuels have two sons and four grandchildren living in the Triad.

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REED FAMILY CREATES ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP AT HPU

A High Point University family is endowing a scholarship fund to give future students the opportunity to receive a college education.

Harold and Kate Reed of North Palm Beach, Florida, are donating $500,000 to establish the scholarship fund. The Reeds have a long history of involvement in education that dates back generations. They also have a student at HPU.

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WEBB FAMILY GIVES GENEROUSLY TO HPU

Mark and Jerri Webb have contributed a major gift to High Point University in honor of Mark’s late father, Lewis Andrew Webb, mother Janice Webb, and their entire family.

Mark is a 1983 alumnus and native of High Point. He owns and operates Interstate Foam and Supply, Inc. in Conover, N.C., where the company employees more than 300 associates. IFS was founded by Lewis in 1981, with Mark joining in 1984, and has since grown to become a major fabricator and distributor of quality seating and polyurethane foam components.

Mark and Jerri live in Charlotte with their son, Connor. Their contribution underscores the importance of alumni giving as graduates from across the decades continue to make philanthropic investments in HPU and visit campus frequently.

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MAJOR GIFT WILL SUPPORT STUDENT ENTREPRENEURS

Through a major gift, Leonard and Kata Pagon have established a new Promising Entrepreneur’s Grant Endowed Fund at High Point University to support students developing business plans, launching companies and seeking funding to move their ideas forward.

The Pagon Fund is designed to provide real-world experience so students can develop their business ideas, increase the probability of success and foster innovation. Through a competitive application process, it also provides undergraduate student entrepreneurs with direct exposure to mentors, investors, and other capital providers.

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