Ashley Furniture Founder Honors President Qubein with Bronze Sculpture

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A bronze sculpture made in the likeness of High Point University President Dr. Nido Qubein was unveiled on Sept. 24. This was part of the grand opening for the new Nido and Mariana Qubein Arena and Conference Center. 

HIGH POINT, N.C., Nov. 19, 2021 – Dr. Ron Wanek, the founder and chairman of Ashley Furniture, commissioned and presented a special sculpture to honor the life and legacy of High Point University President Dr. Nido R. Qubein.

The bronze sculpture made in his likeness was unveiled at the grand opening of the Nido and Mariana Qubein Arena and Conference Center on Sept. 24.

The sculpture now resides in the lobby of the arena for guests to see as they enter.

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Dr. Ron Wanek, chairman of Ashley Furniture, commissioned and donated the sculpture. Wanek and his family have made countless donations and contributions to the university.

Dr. Wanek is the chairman of Ashley Furniture, the largest furniture manufacturer in the world. The Wanek family has made countless donations and contributions to High Point University, the local community and more throughout their lives. In 2013, the R.G. Wanek Center was named in Ron Wanek’s honor, and the Wanek Center of Natural Sciences is named in honor of Ron’s son, Todd. Ron and his wife, Joyce, generously gifted the “Mentoring-Year 2000” sculpture to HPU in October 2019, which stands outside the Stout School of Education.

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