Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak Becomes HPU's Innovator in Residence

High Point, North Carolina, UNITED STATES

HIGH POINT, N.C., March 8, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- He's the man who invented the personal computer and built Apple with Steve Jobs.

The world has him to thank for the Apple I and Apple II computers that laid the foundation for future developments like iPods, iPads and iPhones.

Now, Steve Wozniak is bringing his wisdom to students at High Point University as Innovator in Residence – a continuous partnership that will connect him with HPU students and faculty in experiential learning opportunities, including a visit to campus on March 23.

Wozniak served as HPU's Commencement speaker in 2013, when he also spent time with computer science majors and took part in a discussion with Dr. Nido Qubein that aired on North Carolina public television. The two discussed breakthroughs in the future of education, including the Montlieu Academy of Technology iPad Project, in which HPU committed funds and resources to putting iPads into the hands of every Montlieu student.

Wozniak has been an HPU advocate ever since, and that led him to join the university in a unique way.

"I talk about HPU everywhere I go," Wozniak says. "Their focus on student development is second to none. And their leadership is dedicated to the personal and professional development of their students. How they deliver it is truly innovative."

His role as Innovator in Residence will bring him to campus each year, but also connect him with students digitally to answer their questions and provide insight on projects, business ideas and more.

Innovation is in HPU's DNA, as recognized in two rankings it holds – #1 Most Innovative Regional College in the South by U.S. News & World Report and Most Innovative Small Colleges in America by Best Degree Programs.

Those rankings reflect the stellar team of faculty Wozniak will join who create curriculum and programs infused with and centered on innovation. Wozniak, along with Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, Netflix co-founder Marc Randolph, former Yahoo vice president Seth Godin and a list of other global influencers have all been attracted to the HPU campus and spent time with students. This year alone, Stone and Randolph gave feedback to student entrepreneurs on their business plan concepts.

"Students graduate from HPU with a depth of knowledge that transcends their academic intelligence," says Dr. Nido Qubein, HPU president. "Life skills, experiences that include trial and error, and the benefit of having learned from leaders like Steve Wozniak most only read about. It's the art of the possible, and it's innovation at its core."

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