Receive daily coronavirus & public health news straight to your inbox. In the hours after the death of a fellow High Point University student, Michael Qubein deleted text messages from the victim’s phone, his attorney stated in court papers filed this week. Nido Qubein is the president of High Point University, a liberal arts institution with more than 4,600 students at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem, North Carolina . Three former security officers said their supervisors had instructed them to avoid disciplining the president’s son or his fraternity. Since 2005, Qubein has raised more than $300 million for the school, transforming it from a sleepy Methodist institution to a lavishly appointed campus of outdoor hot tubs and big-screen dorm TVs that draws affluent students from across the U.S. Qubein, whose $2.35 million in annual compensation makes him one of the highest-paid college presidents, has donated to – and raised tens of millions of dollars for – the city of High Point. It is denied that Qubein assaulted or battered Tipton at any time. There was plenty of liquor and drugs. Greek life has long leavened her social circles. She is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case. He has been a Truist director since 1990 and a Truist Bank director since 2013. The authorities would later rule his death an accident, a drug overdose, another example of fraternity partying run amok. Business leader and motivational speaker who has served as the president of High Point University since 2005. He received a total compensation package of nearly $3 million in 2013. Tipton, a 22-year-old HPU junior, was pledging Delta Sigma Phi, which Qubein was pledge educator for at the time. Her singular quest to solve it may test the power of America’s college fraternities, which have beaten back such inquiries for generations. One paper at the beginning of the semester and another one at … Tipton hinted to his younger sister, Mary, that he had betrayed a fraternity secret to his sorority friend. Tipton belongs to a group of 25 families that lost sons at fraternities in recent years. Until then, each night, on her way to bed, she walks by her son’s room, where his clothes still hang undisturbed in the closet and his high school track trophies still top his dresser. Qubein, son of HPU President Nido Qubein, and the other defendants in the case are asking a judge to dismiss the lawsuit. He was the “new member educator” or “pledge master,” the student in charge of initiating recruits. Jefferson returned at 10:15 a.m. and saw white foam on the corners of Tipton’s mouth. “To a reasonable degree of medical certainty, Mr. Tipton did not die as a result of oxymorphone poisoning as stated in the autopsy,” said Jan Gorniak, chief medical examiner of Fulton County, Georgia, in her report for the fraternity. “Bruises?’” she scrawled. Jefferson and perhaps others assaulted Tipton, giving him a head injury that led to his death, part of the hazing at the fraternity that was supervised by the president’s son. “One of these days we are going to put these kids in an ambulance and they are not going to come back,” he recalled telling his supervisors. BY PAT KIMBROUGH, HIGH POINT ENTERPRISEThe family of a former High Point University student who died two years ago has sued the school, alleging … One, a High Point junior, told a private investigator that he had arrived around 3:30 a.m. with a sorority member and that they had left about 4 a.m. Two forensic experts, one hired by Deborah Tipton and another by Delta Sig, found the levels of oxymorphone to be too low for an overdose. The authorities would later rule his death an accident, a drug overdose, another example of fraternity partying run amok. Four years after Robert’s death, her team got its hands on the full police file. BY PAT KIMBROUGH, HIGH POINT ENTERPRISEIn the hours after the death of a fellow High Point University student, Michael Qubein deleted text messages from the victim’s phone, his attorney stated in court papers filed this week.Qubein did so to spare Robert Eugene Tipton Jr. and his family potential embarrassment and distress, according to Asheville attorney John Spainhour in his response to a wrongful-death lawsuit against HPU, Qubein and others filed by Tipton’s mother, Deborah Tipton.She alleged in her lawsuit that Qubein deleted the messages to cover up her son’s death.“It is admitted that (Qubein) found Tipton’s cell phone in Marshall Jefferson’s apartment on March 26, 2012 after the apartment had been cleared by authorities,” the answer to the suit, filed Monday, states. Case closed. High Point University is a private liberal arts university in High Point, North Carolina.It is affiliated with the United Methodist Church.Founded as High Point College in 1924, it became High Point University in October 1991. Nearly 350 UNC students and employees have tested positive for COVID so far this month. The two also took the opioid painkiller oxymorphone, he said, grinding a pill into a powder and separating it into lines that they snorted like cocaine. “He wasn’t the Rob I knew and loved,” Jefferson said. Qubein did so to spare Robert Eugene Tipton Jr. and his family potential embarrassment and distress, according to Asheville attorney John Spainhour in his response to a wrongful-death lawsuit against HPU, Qubein and others filed by Tipton’s mother, Deborah Tipton. Other Events. Michael Qubein is deeply saddened by the loss of a friend, but he had nothing to do with it,” said Spainhour.Tipton, a 22-year-old HPU junior, was pledging Delta Sigma Phi, which Qubein was pledge educator for at the time. I was there to learn from Dr. Nido Qubein, the president of the university. They’re just going to yell at us a bunch and maybe make us work out or eat something nasty. And he wanted to join more than anything in the world.”. No, I wasn’t dropping my kids off at college. With her pearls, pink nail polish and Chanel bag, she looks like the debutante she once was in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. He said he had taken Tipton’s phone from Jefferson’s apartment and then deleted messages and photos; the family’s investigators said Qubein deleted at least four exchanges between him and Tipton. I didn’t even sleep last night and was shaking.”, “What could they do that’s so bad in two hours. His journey has been an amazing success story. At a staff meeting, he said in his affidavit, he feared fraternity violence could end badly. In her view, the police have no interest in going after one of the community’s most influential institutions. “Robert, I would never say anything,” she replied. Michael C Qubein is listed as a Member with Qubein Holdings, LLC in North Carolina. Deborah Tipton makes for an unlikely sleuth and crusader against Greek life. (He and his lawyer didn’t respond to messages.) Michael Qubein attorney admits deleted texts after HPU student death, Attorney denies cover-up in Robert Tipton lawsuit. HPU offers 47 undergraduate majors, 51 undergraduate minors and … Jefferson told the police that he and his roommate had talked a drunk Tipton into sleeping on the floor of their apartment rather than driving back to his dorm. His report blamed Tipton’s death on the oxymorphone Jefferson said he and Tipton had snorted together, though Jefferson told Tipton’s lawyer they shared only one pill. Whatever the origin of the bad blood between Tipton and other fraternity members, events took a dark turn. “I’ve seen bicycle thefts get more attention than this,” Sperry says. Now in her 60s, she is a divorced former interior decorator and fixture on the Memphis social scene. He had become close to a sorority woman whom another Delta Sig was dating. Deborah Tipton is far more interested in pursuing criminal charges. It is denied that Qubein caused Tipton’s death in any manner. Robert, 22 and a junior at High Point University in North Carolina, was dead. Beyond all that history, Robert was a natural for fraternity life. It’s High Point University's president. Tipton says she’ll petition the North Carolina attorney general and the governor - and beyond. “How and where did they come from? Previous to Ramsey's current city of High Point, NC, Ramsey Qubein lived in Charlotte NC and Carrboro NC. In March 2012, Robert Eugene Tipton, Jr., a student at the school, died while in the company of several brothers of his Delta Sigma Phi fraternity. Qubein’s behavior after Tipton’s death was odd. Jefferson said his friend had been drunk, but the North Carolina medical examiner found no alcohol – at all – in his system. Dr. Nido Qubein, High Point University president, announced today that HPU is issuing a challenge gift up to $500,000 to the High Point Community Investment Campaign, a new fund for minority entrepreneurs in the city, and called on community investors to support the initiative, too. Mary, who belonged to the Delta Delta Delta sorority at Vanderbilt, understood the clandestine traditions. “I won’t go away. Fraternities own $3 billion in real estate and house a quarter of a million students who tap into an unrivaled alumni network of presidents, members of Congress, corporate executives and Wall Street investors. The wrongful-death lawsuit sketches out Sperry’s theory of the case: On that Sunday night, Tipton was ordered to Jefferson’s apartment because he had disclosed secret rituals to a female sorority member. 16 talking about this. (Lt. Curtis Cheeks, public information officer for the High Point Police Department, won’t comment on specifics, saying only that officers followed the same process they use in all investigations.). As if searching for a clue from beyond the grave, she pores over the most painful pages, the ones containing text messages from her dead son. “He had emails about the pledge test and just stuff he had taken notes of,” he said. High Point University had insisted on a subpoena before providing names, she said, but the police department never sent one. Rehearsal Dinner. “I knew if something like this had happened to me, I would want someone else to do that for me because it would save me from embarrassment and shame.”, Qubein said he also worried about the fraternity’s future if anyone found evidence of drug use and hazing. Nido Qubein, the president of High Point University, received $2.9 million in total compensation in 2013, the highest of any college president in the state. As night turned to early morning, Tipton suggested all was not well. He has served as president of High Point University since 2005. If, in fact, Tipton had died of a drug overdose, why didn’t the police ask more questions about where students had bought the drugs? It is denied that there was any ‘horrific conduct’ by Qubein or any effort to ‘cover up’ such ‘horrific conduct.’”Qubein, son of HPU President Nido Qubein, and the other defendants in the case are asking a judge to dismiss the lawsuit. Dr. Nido Qubein came to the United States as a teenager with little knowledge of English and only $50 in his pocket. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. As pledge-class president, Tipton had done all he could to make sure it was a success. Other names that Michael uses includes Michael C Qubein and Michael Charles Qubein. A police detective had jotted down notes. “We hung out and just talked-you know, girls, everything-and, you know, just had one-on-one, brother-on-brother time,” Jefferson said. I recently returned from High Point University. Gorniak pointed instead to the bruises, especially the injury to the head. When Jefferson left for class at 9:10 a.m., he said, Tipton was on his back, snoring loudly. Another former officer, Walt Taylor, said he once intervened when fraternity members were beating a young man in front of the fraternity house. In February, a deputy district attorney sent Sperry an email, saying his presentation didn’t provide proof that a crime had been committed “beyond a reasonable doubt.”. Case closed. “I thought the school was going to just try to get us in trouble and make a huge - I don’t know. It is denied that there was any ‘horrific conduct’ by Qubein or any effort to ‘cover up’ such ‘horrific conduct.’”. Unlike most states, North Carolina has no statute of limitations for felonies. Grieving families are pushing to investigate deaths once dismissed as roughhousing gone wrong. Nido Qubein biography. One of those would certainly have been Michael Qubein, the university president’s son. You learn a lot of life skills in his class. They cite a state medical examiner’s finding that Tipton died from an overdose of prescription drugs. He is a white male registered to vote in Guilford County, North Carolina. I don’t know. As for the additional witnesses, he says, “There’s always going to be someone else you didn’t interview.”. Michael Charles Qubein is listed at 1037 Rockford Rd High Point, Nc 27262 and has no political party affiliation. He said he also broke up a fight involving Qubein. Sperry points out the curious oversights. He and his wife, herself heir to vast timber and rice holdings, socialized with Walmart Inc. founder Sam Walton. There are only 2 assignments in the class. Here’s the latest on potential wintry weather. Welcome to Morgan Miller and Michael Qubein's Wedding Website! Hearst Television participates in various affiliate marketing programs, which means we may get paid commissions on purchases made through our links to retailer sites. He has authored dozens of best-selling self-help and business development audiovisual programs and books distributed worldwide. And Tipton says she has found plenty to make her question the official story. President of High Point University, an undergraduate and graduate institution of more than 3,000 students from 50 countries and 44 states, Qubein lives daily with challenges. Out of North Carolina come some disturbing new details about a death on the campus of High Point University. He chose Delta Sigma Phi, founded in 1899 at City College of New York, which has more than 100 chapters across the U.S. Its motto: “Better Men. Dr. Nido Qubein is president of High Point University in High Point, NC. Michael Qubein, son of university President Nido Qubein, is among the defendants accused of hazing in a lawsuit filed by the family of the dead student, Robert Tipton, 22. At High Point, where he studied communications, Qubein seemed to have little to fear from college authorities. I’m a Republican. With his rugged good looks, tousled curly dark-blond hair and open smile, he was popular with girls; his phone lit up with flirtatious texts from sorority members. “I was trying to protect his family from the heartache from seeing what he was doing,” Qubein said, referring to the drug use. He has served as President of High Point University since 2005 where he transformed the institution from a small college to a thriving university. The $1 million bill for investigators and lawyers – to date – is no barrier. “Qubein placed the cell phone in Tipton’s backpack that contained Tipton’s other personal belongings, as Tipton’s backpack had been left in someone else’s motor vehicle. They didn’t just haze my son. Tipton says the university is covering up the truth, in part because the son of High Point University President Nido Qubein belonged to the fraternity. 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