Health Professional

HPU Appoints Dr. Daniel Erb as Provost

HIGH POINT, N.C., Aug. 30, 2021 – Dr. Daniel Erb has been appointed provost at High Point University. In his new role, Erb serves as HPU’s chief academic officer.

“I’m privileged and honored to be named provost for High Point University,” said Erb. “Over the past 10 years, I have seen firsthand the innovation and strategic growth at HPU. These changes have transformed our students’ lives in meaningful and significant ways. I look forward to continuing to work with our outstanding faculty and preparing our students for the world as it is going to be.”

During his time at HPU, Erb has been instrumental in developing several programs. He first joined HPU in 2011 as the founding dean of the Congdon School of Health Sciences and most recently served as senior vice president for academic affairs. He led the Congdon School of Health Sciences through the directed development of curriculum in the health sciences, including undergraduate programs in exercise science, as well as graduate programs in athletic training, physical therapy and physician assistant studies.

Erb also initiated the development of the proposed Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program. He has been instrumental in establishing the Willed Body Program, as well as HPU’s first summer intensive undergraduate research program, the Summer Research Fellows (SuRF) and first undergraduate human cadaveric dissection course, ANA 4900 Advanced Human Anatomy. Prior to joining HPU, he served as the director of graduate studies and associate professor in the Division of Physical Therapy, Department of Community Medicine, Duke University, Duke University Medical Center.

Erb has clinical expertise in rehabilitating adults who have diseases and injuries to their nervous system. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy and received a master’s degree and a doctorate in anatomy from the Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University. Erb was a postdoctoral fellow in the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Miami School of Medicine. He has peer-reviewed published research in the areas of changes to brain cells and cerebral blood after traumatic brain injury, regrowth of nerves into muscles that have lost their nerve supply, treatment and rehabilitation of individuals who have lost their sense of balance, and interprofessional education.

Erb has expertise in national, regional and state accreditation, licensure, and certification requirements, processes and compliance. He has worked with such accrediting agencies as the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), Accreditation Review Committee on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA), Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) and the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC).

Described as an inclusive leader and relationship builder, Erb is involved in the communities surrounding HPU. He is a founder of the intercollegiate, interprofessional education experiences with health professional students and faculty from High Point University, North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In addition, through Erb’s efforts, HPU is a charter member of the North Carolina Alliance for Health Professions Diversity (NCAHPD), an organization that seeks to provide pathways for underrepresented minorities to become health care providers. He also serves as chair, vice chair and board member on several nonprofit boards in the city of High Point and the Triad.

In 2019, Erb received the HPU Extraordinary Leadership Award. While at the University of Miami he also received The Outstanding Graduate Educator Award; Graduate Student Association, Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Support of Graduate Education; and Teacher of The Year Award, Department of Physical Therapy.