Dr. Nido Qubein, High Point University President, Happiness through Significance – Episode 73

Dr. Nido Qubein is the President of High Point University, a school from which he graduated after immigrating to the United States when he was 17 years old. Having been an entrepreneur and a successful businessman, Dr. Qubein was serving on the High Point University Board when the need for a new President arose. In 2005, he took the position with a mission to transform High Point from what one journalist had called “a dusty old college” into a thriving institution. In 14 years, Dr. Qubein had spearheaded a 245% growth in student enrollment, overseen the opening of 6 new academic schools and raised 100’s of millions of dollars to support High Point’s growth. During that time, High Point’s status has risen as well, moving to the number one spot among colleges in the south.

Dr. Qubein grew up in the Middle East. His father died when he was six years old, and his mom raised him and his 4 siblings with a 4th-grade education and a purpose-driven work ethic. At 17, his Mom sent him to the United States with $50 in his pocket and a spot at High Point College waiting for him. He learned English by studying 10 words a day on 3×5 cards. When he graduated, he started a Leadership Training company and became one of the world’s most accomplished leadership and public speakers. As an American citizen, Dr.Qubein has been the recipient of some of the highest national awards, including induction into the Horatio Alger Association for Distinguished Americans with General Colin Powell, Oprah Winfrey, and the founder of Starbucks, Howard Schultz. He is the recipient of Daughters of the American Revolution’s Americanism Award and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, along with four U.S. presidents. He is a member of the International Speakers Hall of Fame and, in fact, has served as president of the National Speakers Association.

As a business leader, he is the chairman of Great Harvest Bread Company with 220 stores in 43 states. He serves on the boards of several national organizations including Truist (a Fortune 500 company with $230 billion in assets), the La-Z-Boy Corporation (one of the largest and most recognized furniture brands worldwide) and nThrive, a leading healthcare company. Dr. Qubein is the author of 18 books and scores of leadership audio and visual recordings translated into many languages. The Biography Channel televised his Emmy-nominated life story titled “A Life of Success and Significance.”

Mike and Dr. Qubein cover a ton of great stuff in this episode, including how he was born with an entrepreneurial heart, why significance is the source of all happiness, how failures are wonderful when they are used productively, why he doesn’t waste time thinking about why something can’t be done and instead focuses on how to do it, and how he convinced Justice Clarence Thomas to be a High Point University commencement speaker.

And now here’s Dr. Nido Quebin.

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2 thoughts on “Dr. Nido Qubein, High Point University President, Happiness through Significance – Episode 73

  1. Mike, this was a wonderfully insightful interview on a man that has changed the face of HPU! As an HPU alumni, both undergrad and graduate, I am honored to have this incredible leader mentoring, leading and developing our institution of higher learning. His vision is holistic, his values are pure, and his motives are inspiring. A man who has overcome life challenges that lead to a life filled with “success and significance,” Dr. Qubein instills his entrepreneurial spirit across campus and in his students, and I am proud to have learned from an extraordinary mentor.

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