2019 PAEA Education Forum

Plenary Speakers

Dr. Nido Qubein

Dr. Nido Qubein

High Point University President

Dr. Nido Qubein’s own life story provides plenty of examples for his theme of managing change to achieve transformation. After growing up in the Middle East, he came to the United States as a teenager with little money or knowledge of English, yet he rose to become a successful businessman, entrepreneur, professional speaker, and leader in higher education. Since 2005, he has served as president of High Point University in North Carolina (which has a PA program), where he has overseen an impressive transformation, including a three-fold increase in faculty and students, raising more than $1 billion for investments in new buildings and facilities. He has received dozens of awards for his philanthropic and community work and been profiled on the Biography Channel. Watch him talk about his presentation in the video below.

David Sheff

David Sheff

Author and Advocate on U.S. Drug Crisis, Prevention, and Treatment of Addiction

David Sheff was a successful journalist and writer for many years before a near-tragedy in his own family pushed him to devote his energies to full-time research and writing on addiction. The story of his son Nic’s years of struggle with meth addiction, in treatment facilities and on the streets, became the best-selling book Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction, which was recently turned into a film starring Steve Carrell and Timothée Chalamet. He has since written two more books on addiction: High, co-written with Nic, and Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America’s Greatest Tragedy. In January, he spoke at the United Nations on the role of stigma in the ongoing U.S. opioid crisis.

Photo by Bart Nagel

Jonathan Bowser

Jonathan Bowser

Dr. Sara Fletcher

Dr. Sara Fletcher