Nido Qubein is an American Lebanese-Jordanian businessman and motivational speaker. He currently serves as president of High Point University since 2005. He received his Associate's degree in business from Mount Olive College, his bachelor's degree in human relations from High Point University in 1970, and his Master of Science in business education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Bryan School of Business & Economics in 1973; in 2009, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters in humanities degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.[1] Qubein is the founder and chairman emeritus of the National Speakers Association Foundation.[2] He has served as Chairman of the Great Harvest Bread Company since 2001[3] and on the board of directors of BB&T since 1990[4] and La-Z-Boy Corporation since 2006.[5] Since 2005 when Qubein became the seventh president of High Point University, the university has nearly tripled the number of faculty, tripled traditional undergraduate enrollment, and added four academic schools.[6] Qubein is notable for being the third or fourth highest paid college president in the United States, earning $2.9 million a year in 2013.[7] In 2016, The Chronicle of Higher Education reported that Qubein was the third-highest donor university president in the country from 2006 to 2016. He committed $10 million to High Point University.[8]

Nido R. Qubein
Nido R. Qubein.jpg
President of High Point University
Assumed office
Preceded byJacob C. Martinson, Jr.
Personal details
BornAugust 21, 1948
Alma mater
Net worth$35M

In 2017 Qubein became a board member for nThrive, a healthcare technology company focused on financial and operational performance.


In 2006, Qubein was inducted into the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans along with Oprah Winfrey and Starbucks founder, Howard Schulz.[9] In 1999, Qubein was honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Bryan School of Business & Economics.[10] In 2000, Toastmasters International awarded him their Golden Gavel Medal.[11] He was awarded the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations' Ellis Island Medal of Honor.[12] In 2012, he was awarded the Daughters of the American Revolution Americanism Medal.[13]

In early 2017, High Point University announced that it would name then new basketball arena and conference center for Dr. and Mrs. Qubein. Construction on the new facility is set to start in 2018 and scheduled to be complete in 2020.[14]


Beginning in January 2012, UNCTV began airing High Point University Presents A Conversation with... series. The hour long segments feature Nido Qubein interviewing prominent leaders and innovators like General Colin Powell, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, NY Times best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell and more.[15]

In 2015 the Biography Channel aired Nido Qubein: A Life of Success and Significance.[16]


Qubein has written 11 books, including titles like How To Communicate Like A Pro and Stairway to Success: The Complete Blueprint for Personal and Professional Achievement.[17]

The September 2012 issue of Success magazine featured Nido Qubein discussing his role as president of High Point University. The story chronicles Qubein's leadership of the school since taking the helm in 2005.[18]


Qubein was born the youngest of 5 children in 1948 and is of Lebanese and Jordanian descent.[19] He came to the United States in 1966.


  1. ^ "UNC Greensboro news". Archived from the original on March 20, 2012.
  2. ^ "National Speakers Association Foundation leaders".
  3. ^ "Great Harvest Bread Company".
  4. ^ "Branch Banking & Trust". La-Z-Boy Corporation.
  5. ^ "La-Z-Boy Corporation past award winners".
  6. ^ "HPU Growth Chart".
  7. ^ Jean Stancill, December 8, 2015, News & Observer
  8. ^ "Data from the 2016 Almanac". August 14, 2016.
  9. ^ "Horatio Algers Association".
  10. ^ "UNCG Bryan School of Business graduates".
  11. ^ "Toastmasters award winners".
  12. ^ "National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations award winners". Archived from the original on May 26, 2011.
  13. ^ "2012 NSDAR Congress Opening Night Guest Speakers: Honorees who are Enhancing our Present". Archived from the original on April 14, 2013.
  14. ^ Huffman, Steve (January 30, 2017). "HPU's $100M basketball, conference center to be named for Qubein Family". Triad Business Journal. Retrieved February 7, 2017.
  15. ^ "UNCTV Series: HPU Presents".
  16. ^ "Nido Qubein: A Life of Success and Significance".
  17. ^ "Dr Qubein's webpage".
  18. ^ : Success Magazine: "Making the Grade"
  19. ^ "Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans member info". Archived from the original on May 13, 2006.

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