May 20, 2010/For Immediate Release/High-Res photo available
Media Contact: Marla Carpenter, 336-770-3337, carpem@uncsa.edu


WINSTON-SALEM – Mariana Qubein of High Point has joined the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) Board of Trustees.

Qubein graduated from High Point University (HPU) after leaving her homeland of Lebanon, where she studied at the American University of Beirut.  She is an active community leader and has served on the boards of Family Services of the Piedmont, the High Point Arts Council, High Point Community Concerts and Westchester Country Day School, where her children attended. She is involved in Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, Alexis De Tocqueville of the United Way, a sustainer in the Junior League, Literary League and active in two garden clubs.

Mariana Qubein

 She and her husband, Dr. Nido Qubein, president of HPU, have four children and are avid supporters of the arts in the Triad and across the state. She has always had an interest in the arts and grew up as a ballet dancer, pianist and a folk dance instructor while in college. She loves to travel and has visited 50 countries around the world with her family.

Since she assumed her role as the first lady of High Point University, she has dedicated most of her time to the interior design of the new buildings and placements of the donated gifts to the University. She is the founder of the botanical gardens and arboretum, which the board of trustees later named The Mariana H. Qubein Arboretum and Botanical Gardens at High Point University.

Mrs. Qubein is the recipient of the N.C. Outstanding Urban Forestry Award from the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources. She helped HPU become one of only five “Tree Campus USA” universities in the state. 

Through the Qubein Foundation, she and her family have supported scholarship programs at numerous universities, providing some 700 scholarships over the last three decades. The foundation also sponsors the annual YMCA Lenten breakfast and the annual Thanksgiving Luncheon which is attended by 600 Triad leaders.

Mrs. Qubein was sworn in at the UNCSA Board of Trustees’ May meeting. An appointee of Gov. Bev Perdue, she is serving the unexpired term of Ralph Womble, which will expire on June 30, 2011 – upon which she will be eligible for two full terms of four years each.

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is the first state-supported, residential school of its kind in the nation. Established as the North Carolina School of the Arts by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, UNCSA opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. More than 1,100 students from middle school through graduate school train for careers in the arts in five professional schools: Dance, Design and Production (including a Visual Arts Program), Drama, Filmmaking, and Music. UNCSA is the state’s only public arts conservatory, dedicated entirely to the professional training of talented students in the performing, visual and moving image arts. Internationally renowned conductor John Mauceri has been chancellor of UNCSA since 2006. UNCSA is located at 1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.