HPU Board of Directors welcomes 10 new members


HIGH POINT, North Carolina, October 26, 2021 – High Point University has appointed 10 new members to its Board of Trustees. The Board of Directors is made up of over 100 HPU business leaders, alumni, friends and community advocates who are known for their character, success, philanthropy and leadership.

“HPU is blessed with the support of the 10 new members of the Visitors Council,” said HPU President Dr Nido Qubein. “Our students will learn a lot from the leadership, advocacy and experience that each member brings to the table. “

Gary Biesecker

Gary Biesecker grew up on a farm in Bertand, Nebraska. He attended a one-class school for eight years. After graduating from high school, he enrolled in Dane College, then studied at the University of Nebraska School of Medicine. Biesecker spent five years in a Virginia naval hospital as an intern and surgical resident. After leaving the Naval Hospital, he spent three years as the chief of surgery at the Connecticut Submarine Base Hospital. He moved to High Point in 1976 where he practiced general surgery until 2012.

“I fully agree with the values ​​and principles set out by High Point University,” says Biesecker. “Not only is HPU an excellent and exceptional educational institution, it is also very involved in the High Point community. I look forward to continuing to support HPU through the Visitors Council.

HPU Thomas Blount BOV
Thomas blount

Thomas blount served over 60 years in the newspaper industry, doing almost everything in the daily newspaper business except pushing the button that operated the presses. While working for nine newspapers in six states, Blount was editor of four newspapers for 42 years, including The High Point Enterprise from which he retired in 2021.

Blount has served on three dozen boards, committees and task forces in the greater High Point area over the past 31 years. He is still an active member of Forest Hills Presbyterian Church, High Point Rotary Club, High Point Arts Council Board of Trustees, A. Pat & Kathryne Brown Foundation Board, High Point Community Against Violence , the High Point Theater Advisory Commission and the Heart of High Point.

He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a BA in Journalism.

“I consider it an honor and a privilege to serve again on the board of trustees of High Point University,” says Blount. “I am proud, as an Ambassador and Advisory Board member of the Nido R. Qubein School of Communication, to represent a university that emphasizes God, family and country, and continues to respond to questions. high standards in every company, and an institution where my late wife Betty Lou was director of communications in the late 1990s. ”

HPU Harry Johnson BOV
Harry johnson

Harry D. “Butch” Johnson, Jr. has worked in the computer industry for almost 20 years. Johnson eventually acquired Steel Performance, Inc. and, over the next 30 years, completed steel construction of over 100 million square feet of buildings in 38 states. He is a member of the Covenant Church United Methodist and served on the Heart of High Point committee. Johnson also supports High Point Community Against Violence, HPU’s Bonner Leader program, and the United Way.

Johnson and his wife, Susan, have lived in the High Point area for most of their lives. Their daughter, Jennifer, is proud to be a 2014 graduate from HPU.

“I grew up admiring the HPU and Dr. Qubein’s mission while my daughter was a student at HPU,” says Johnson. “I believe in helping with anything we encounter on our journey. I am honored to have this opportunity to be an advocate for HPU by serving on the Visitors’ Council.

HPU Nasi Kajana BOV
Nasi Kajana

Nasi Kajana graduated from HPU in 1997 and originally from Tirana, Albania. He is a passionate and motivated entrepreneur with a desire to help others reach their potential. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. After graduating, he spent the first years of his career coordinating refugee resettlement and disaster relief in the Triad.

He is the co-founder and president of Fortuna Enterprises, a Southeastern hub for specialty coffee products and commercial hotel design, and the co-founder of Etruscan Imports, a European wine importer ” from farm to table ”. Fortuna Enterprises has employed HPU graduates and interns for 18 consecutive years.

“I am grateful to be a part of the Visitors Council and to contribute in any way I can,” says Kajana. “HPU has offered me not only a great education, but also an opportunity to be a productive member of American society, enjoying life, freedom, and the pursuit of happiness.”

HPU Wes Keever BOV
Wes keever

Wes keever was born in High Point and has lived here most of his life. He graduated from High Point Central High School, received his degree in Business Economics from Wofford College and an MBA from High Point University.

Keever started his career at Thomas Built Buses selling school buses and airport shuttles. In November 2001, he began his career with the family business, Colonial, LLC. Today, he is President of Colonial, LLC, as well as K-5 Solutions, a subsidiary of Colonial, LLC.

“I am honored to join the HPU Visitors Committee,” says Keever. “When choosing a graduate program, HPU was very clear in its vision, which was one of the reasons I chose to go to HPU. As a graduate student, I witnessed tremendous growth and positive change as the university implemented its vision. I am grateful for the impact the university has had on my life, as well as our city, and I look forward to being an official spokesperson on its behalf.

HPU Lynn Lomax BOV
Lynn lomax

Lynn lomax has been with the YMCA for 38 years. He began his career at Rowan County YMCA in Salisbury after obtaining his Bachelor of Science degree and a minor in Business Administration from Appalachian State University. He spent 10 years as the CEO of the YMCA of Grand Charlotte, providing leadership and oversight to the Vice Presidents of Operations and Vice Presidents of Capital Projects and Facilities for 19 facilities and two resident camps in five counties. He joined the High Point YMCA as CEO in April 2017.

Lomax is married to his wife, Daphne, and they have three children and four grandchildren.

BOV Brian Mabe
Brian Mabe

Brian Mabe is a native of High Point and a graduate of T. Wingate Andrews High School. He graduated from Appalachian State University, where he obtained his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Real Estate and Urban Analysis. He completed his studies in real estate at the NC Realtors Institute at UNC Chapel Hill.

Mabe joined the family-owned real estate business immediately after college and is now President / Owner of Mabe & Company, REALTORS. He has served the community in a number of capacities, including serving on the Board of Directors of the High Point Regional Association of Realtors, the High Point Human Relations Commission, the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club, and as deacon and elder at Community Bible Church.

Mabe and his wife, Angela, live in High Point. They have a daughter, Pearce, a Kappa Delta, who will graduate from HPU in 2022.

“I saw my daughter flourish both academically and socially during her time at the HPU,” says Mabe. “Our family loved seeing the joy they felt being part of the HPU community. We believe in the importance the university places on experiential learning and life skills, and we pride ourselves on the university’s position on being a school of God, family and the country. I am grateful for how HPU has helped my daughter’s education and for what he has accomplished in our High Point community. I am truly delighted and honored to have the opportunity to serve and promote HPU as a member of the Visitors Council.

HPU Levan Seperteladze BOV
Levan Seperteladze

Levan Seperteladze, graduating from HPU in 1995, he grew up in Tbilisi, Georgia, in the former Soviet Union. He came to the United States in 1993 and received a Presidential Fellowship at High Point University where he earned an undergraduate degree in business administration and a graduate degree in international management. Seperteladze is the Managing Director of Vann York Toyota and Vann York Honda. He also trades stocks, futures and options like his own business.

Seperteladze is married to Anne, also a graduate of the HPU, with a degree in French and in education. They married in 2000 and have three daughters: Natalie, Catherine and Anna.

“I accepted the nomination because HPU is my favorite place in the world,” says Seperteladze. “It is a joy to see him so beautiful and so good! It is an honor to continue my plea for God, the family, the country school.

HPU Melanie Shaffer BOV
Melanie Shaffer

Melanie Shaffer was born and raised in High Point, North Carolina. She earned a double major in Animal Science and Agricultural Economics from NC State University. After a successful career in the insurance industry, Shaffer retired in 2020. She now spends her time volunteering and working with various charities.

Shaffer’s family has deep roots with High Point University. His parents met when it was High Point College in 1953. Shaffer also has two aunts, two uncles and a cousin who attended school at High Point University.

His father was active with HPC / HPU and is a past president of the Panther Club. Her mother is one of the founders of the former women group Steel Magnolias. There is also a scholarship to HPU on behalf of his maternal grandparents.

She is thrilled to have an active role at the university which has meant so much to her family.

HPU Joseph Yacyshyn BOV
Joseph Yacyshyn

Joseph Yacyshyn graduated from HPU in 1973. He retired after a 45-year career with the Wilmington Trust Company. Although Yacyshyn has spent most of his career working as a commercial lender, he spent the last decade of his career as the manager of the company’s charitable contribution program, providing financial support to hundreds of agencies. nonprofit across the region.

Yacyshyn and his wife Deb, a Class of 1974 native of Thomasville, NC, are retired and live in Delaware.

“I was the first member of my family to attend college,” Yacyshyn says. “I was lucky that High Point gave me a place where I could learn and grow. I am grateful for all of their efforts, both inside and outside the classroom. High Point provided me with an environment to be better prepared for life after graduation. I now believe it is time for me to try to pay off the debt. Advocacy and engagement on behalf of the university is an area where all alumni can help. I believe that the Visitors’ Council offers me a unique opportunity.

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