Rising to the Challenges
NC State’s long-standing commitment has been to serve its state and citizens through applied innovation that solves problems and fuels prosperity. Today’s grand challenges that threaten our security, health, food systems, environment, energy and social well-being require a cross-disciplinary approach to solve. Leadership and vision provide the spark to continue this tradition.
Philanthropy makes NC State’s land-grant mission a matter of fact for people across North Carolina and the country.
Across the decades, NC State has constantly evolved as a leader for its constituents. Today, for example, our College of Textiles stands at the forefront of a resurgent U.S. textiles industry — educating professionals who span all areas of the apparel business, and leading the way in the development of specialized fabrics that help doctors, soldiers, firefighters, astronauts and even people living in remote villages that need protection from elephants.
From our work on clean water and sustainability through the College of Natural Resources, to the public-interest architecture program in the College of Design, NC State always stands ready to realign to changing priorities.
Extraordinary Leadership in Action
“I am forever grateful for the experiences I have had because of my scholarship. As college students, we're often encouraged to ‘dream big,’ but we're not always guided in how to do so. NC State provided opportunities that increased my understanding of local and national issues facing leaders, and inspired and prepared me to think deeper, pursue worthy challenges, lead and serve well in any role the future may hold.”
— Alex Loflin, Park Scholar
Ready to Lead
Serving the greater global good while providing positive local impact requires nimble leadership — and flexible funding.
Unrestricted gifts offer critical underpinning for the university’s strategic goals and serve as a shield against surprises. The University’s Greatest Needs Fund empowers Chancellor Randy Woodson to direct money quickly toward challenges or opportunities. In a competitive landscape, that might mean using funds to recruit or retain leading professors. It might mean seeding new initiatives, providing professional development for staff, purchasing specialized equipment or awarding students with Chancellor’s Study-Abroad Scholarships. Campuswide, programs and initiatives such as the Shelton Leadership Center, the McLauchlan Leadership Series and the Adolph Warren Family Leadership Program provide students with unique opportunities to learn about personal, team and organizational leadership, as well as public policy and ethics.
This Campaign will continue to build NC State’s endowment — essentially the university’s savings account, which generates millions of dollars in annual income that we can count on to support teaching, research and extension regardless of fluctuating public funding. A growing culture of philanthropy and giving back at NC State completes our circle of leadership and reinforces our ability to be a pacesetter. We lead, together.
Leadership at NC State
Finding His Focus
The Shelton National Leadership Scholarship has introduced Will Pfitzner to a broader world of service and leadership.
Great Leaders, Great Schools
The Northeast Leadership Academy is helping North Carolina public schools get the innovative leaders they need to improve the education — and lives — of children in one of our state’s underserved regions.
Sharpening the MBA
The McLauchlan Leadership Series provides unique opportunities for students in the Jenkins MBA program.
Leading the Way
As chairman of NC State University’s Board of Trustees, three-time alumnus and longstanding donor Dr. James W. “Jim” Owens takes great pride in the university's momentum.