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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.

“Even though we are not alumni, we have a longstanding interest in High Point University and the city of High Point,” says Dr. Samuel. “We believe that a successful HPU is critical to the prosperity of the city. Supporting our university, which has become a major economic force, creates a brighter future for all of us.”

In recognition of their support, HPU is naming the Samuel Commons at Centennial Square I in their honor. Centennial Square I opened in fall 2012 with 11 buildings, comprised of 50 townhomes and housing 348 students. The Samuels Commons is located in the center of Centennial Square I and offers group study space, recreation facilities and a post office.

“The Samuels have given their time and talents to our community for many years,” says HPU President Dr. Nido Qubein. “They believe in their hometown university, and this is yet another example of that. We are honored to know them and are grateful for their generous support.”

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