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 think what I learned most as a Park Scholar, as a student at NC State, is service is a big deal. What I learned and what I still try to apply today in everyday life is, servant leadership. As a leader, first and foremost I have to be willing to serve others and do what I'm asking others to do. So, I live life like that. I treat my patients that way. I try to give back in any way I can."
— Dr. Shelly Lowery '04
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, Leadership and Civic Engagement and the McLauchlan Leadership Series 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
Park Scholar Kobi Felton is NC State's third recipient of a Marshall Scholarship, which is awarded based on academic merit, leadership potential and ambassadorial potential.
A Life-Changing Leader
Tom Miller — the McPherson Family Distinguished Professor of Engineering Entrepreneurship at NC State — channels philanthropy to provide extraordinary student experiences.