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Agriculture and Resource Economics scholarship endowment established in honor of Leigh Hammond

At the signing ceremonies are Leigh Hammond (seated) and, from left, Terry Wood, vice chancellor for University Advancement; Jon Brandt, ARE Department head; Johnny Wynne, interim College dean; and Ken Esbenshade, College associate dean and director of Academic Programs. Behind Wynne is Edmund Regan, executive director of NCRGEA.
At the signing ceremonies are Leigh Hammond (seated) and, from left, Terry Wood, vice chancellor for University Advancement; Jon Brandt, ARE Department head; Johnny Wynne, interim College dean; and Ken Esbenshade, College associate dean and director of Academic Programs. Behind Wynne is Edmund Regan, executive director of NCRGEA.
(Photo By Daniel Kim)
The Leigh H. Hammond Agricultural and Resource Economics Scholarship Endowment was created June 9 in ceremonies hosted by Dr. Johnny Wynne, interim dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The endowment's establishment was initiated by the North Carolina Retired Governmental Employees' Association to honor Dr. Hammond, who retired in 2003 after more than 13 years as executive director of the NCRGEA. Hammond holds a 1961 Ph.D. in economics from N.C. State University, where he served as associate professor of economics, as assistant vice chancellor for extension and public service and as director of the Center for Urban Affairs.

The endowment will be used to provide scholarship awards for undergraduate students enrolled in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics (ARE) in the College.

Edmund P. Regan, current executive director of the NCRGEA, said, "Our board of directors wanted to pay a fitting tribute to Leigh Hammond for his years of service. His love for this university and passion for higher education made this the perfect way." Regan noted that while the association made the initial contributions, the Hammond family and friends had been generous in funding the endowment in the N.C. Agricultural Foundation Inc.

Dr. Jon Brandt, head of the ARE Department, thanked the family and the NCRGEA for making the endowment possible. "About 10 years ago, we had 85 majors in our department, and last year we had more than 220," Brandt said. "We've grown considerably, and so have the need and opportunity for scholarships. When an endowment like this comes along, it means we'll be able to reward outstanding students forever."

Added Dr. Ken Esbenshade, College associate dean and director of Academic Programs, "This scholarship will be given on the basis of merit. That's great, because it attracts the best students, and the best students elevate the academic atmosphere for all students at our institution."

Noting the many members of the Hammond family who were present, Esbenshade said, "It's great to see family here. What we have in our College is a family, and now there will always be a Hammond name on a scholarship for a student who comes to join our family."

Hammond then signed the endowment agreement and said, "I appreciate this honor from the association and the honor of being affiliated with N.C. State."

-Terri Leith