High Point University Receives $30 Million gift from The Charman Family. Dr. Nido Qubein, president of High Point University, revealed the Charmans’ $30 million transformational donation. The new library, estimated to cost $80 million and be finished in 2025–2026, will benefit from the contribution.
Their generous donations to the expansion of the university will inspire the naming of the new library facility. The four-story building will offer 150,000 square feet of private study area, digital databases, and textbooks.
It will feature the Library of Congress Classification System and become the main library, supplemented by several existing satellite libraries across campus.
The new library will be located on the main campus next to the R.G. Wanek Center on Panther Drive.
The John and Lorraine Charman Library will be the official name of the new building in recognition of their generous contributions to the expansion of the university.
“John and Lorraine Charman are a wonderful couple who stepped up with faithful courage to invest in our library and in several other important projects on campus,” says President Qubein. “They are planting seeds of greatness for HPU students like their daughter Olivia. It is a blessing to have the advocacy and trust of people like John and Lorraine who share our passion for a values-based education, and the lasting impact that a library will make on our students.”
“High Point University is committed to preparing students for the world as it is going to be,” says John Charman. “President Qubein leads a culture that is focused on instilling life skills and values in HPU students. Lorraine and I are proud to partner with such an innovative and highly relevant institution.”
The Charmans are passionate about reading, especially printed books. We have the ideal opportunity to share our love of reading with the HPU community by contributing to the construction of a cutting-edge library at the university. We sincerely hope that this library will provide students with a different setting on campus where they may learn, develop, and challenge themselves, says Lorraine Charman.