High Point University Recognizes Retiring Faculty: Ed Simpson and Michael Ingram
HIGH POINT, N.C., May 30, 2018 – High Point University recently honored retiring faculty Ed Simpson and Michael Ingram for their combined 41 years of service to the campus and community.
Simpson, chair and professor of theatre performance, came to High Point University in 2008 after a distinguished career at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. As an actor, director and playwright, he provided impactful mentorship to students inside and outside of the classroom. Under Simpson’s direction, the theatre program at HPU garnered attention as one of the best undergraduate programs in the country.
“Ed’s expertise and experience totally revolutionized the theatre program at High Point University,” says Dr. Dennis Carroll, HPU provost. “Under his leadership, the theater program was brought to the highest level of excellence ever.”
Ingram, head of technical services and systems librarian for HPU, came to work at Smith Library in 1987. He graduated from High Point College in 1977. Ingram’s impact on the university library has been recognizable throughout the years. When he first began his career with HPU, the collection included 200,000 print, serial and microfilm volumes. Today, the collection includes nearly one million volumes of books, journals and digital content. Ingram has been essential in making access to these materials available.
“Over the years, Mike has served on many committees but really dedicated himself to technology by serving on the university technology committee,” says David Bryden, director of library services. “I have benefited from Mike’s wisdom for 30 years. His steady philosophical talent made him a great colleague.”
At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people.® HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students. It is ranked No. 1 by U.S. News and World Report for Best Regional Colleges in the South, No. 1 for Most Innovative Regional Colleges in the South and No. 1 for Best Undergraduate Teaching in the South. The Princeton Review named HPU in the 2018 edition of “The Best 382 Colleges” in the nation, as well as Best Career Services (No. 19), Best-Run Colleges (No. 20), Best College Dorm Rooms (No. 7), a Great School for Communication Majors and a Great School for Business/Finance Majors. For seven years in a row, HPU has been named a College of Distinction with special recognition for business and education programs, and The National Council on Teacher Quality ranks HPU’s elementary education program as one of the best in the nation. The university offers 50 undergraduate majors, 57 undergraduate minors and 13 graduate degree programs. It is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the web at highpoint.edu.