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The Engel family has given a seven-figure planned gift to High Point University to support their son’s alma mater. Pictured from left to right are Bob Engel, Lynda Engel, 2016 HPU Commencement speaker and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Tyler Engel, Lauren Engel Boldt and Jonathan Boldt.


HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 1, 2019 – The family of a High Point University graduate has committed a seven-figure planned gift to support their son’s alma mater.

Robert B. “Bob” and Lynda L. Engel, of Naples, Florida, have previously contributed to HPU to support the construction of Cottrell Hall. Tyler Engel, the Engel’s son, is a member of HPU’s Class of 2016.

“We could not accomplish what we do at HPU without the generous support from our families like the Engel’s,” says HPU President Nido Qubein. “At HPU, we supply our students with a holistic education and life skills to prepare them for the world as it is going to be. Our friends, families and supporters are a big part of our students’ successes.”

Bob is the retired CEO of CoBank, a financial institution headquartered in Denver, Colorado, and holds a number of advisory and independent board positions. Lynda has been a homemaker, raising their children and being active in supporting various foundations and charitable causes.

“HPU fits into our passion for higher education,” says Bob. “I have spent more than 30 years as a trustee for Niagara University and Regis University, and HPU’s commitment to preparing students with life skills is exceptional. My family and I have a deep respect for Dr. Qubein’s life and leadership lessons. He has been an inspirational voice and mentor throughout my career.”

The Engel’s have seen their son, Tyler, achieve early success in his business career because of the life lessons, beliefs and foundations he learned and built at HPU.

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