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4th Chairman of the High Point Community Foundation
(12/2007 - 12/2009)
Joe Rawley has seen much of the world, bringing his energy and vision to communities
far and wide. But his roots in High Point brought him back to his beloved hometown,
which has benefited greatly from his leadership.
Joe was born in High Point, and attended our public schools until high school, when he enrolled in Campbell University’s Prep School. He later attended Wake Forest University where he received a BA and a Masters, and completed all the class work for a PhD.
Joe went to work at the High Point Enterprise, where his talent propelled him through the ranks. Seeking an opportunity to bring positive change to other communities, he became a representative of UNESCO, living in France and traveling extensively for its mission of helping third world countries establish free and open media.
When he returned to High Point, Joe and his brother David became part owners of the
High Point Enterprise, to which Joe provided inspiring leadership until he retired in 2003.
For Joe, retirement was clearly no time to rest on his considerable laurels. Having been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation since 1998, he took the lead role as Chairman in 2008. Joe has also provided his leadership to many other organizations; he has served as Chairman of the String and Splinter Club, Chairman of the Board of the Chamber of Commerce, and he took a leadership role in establishing the Hispanic Center at Christ the King Church. He is a member of the High Point First organization, and currently serves on The North Carolina Shakespeare Board of Trustees.
Among many accomplishments during his Chairmanship of the High Point Community
Foundation, Joe guided the organization to meet the requirements of National Standards for Community Foundations. This distinction indicates that the Foundation has met the most rigorous standards in philanthropy and underscores Joe’s commitment to excellence in all that he does. Joe continues to serve on numerous Board committees.
For a lifetime of extraordinary service to High Point and the state of North Carolina, Joe was recognized by the Governor, who bestowed on him the prestigious Order of the Long Leaf Pine in 2009.
Joe is married to Glenda and has three children; Evelyn, Jody, and Justin.