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Research Service taps College alumna to serve as new development director


Catherine Maxwell brings 15 years of development work experience to her NCARS job.
Photo by Becky Kirkland

To say that Catherine Maxwell is passionate about her job would be an understatement. Just six months into her new appointment as director of development for the North Carolina Agricultural Research Service (NCARS) in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Maxwell has yet to lose a bit of steam.

She jumped in feet-first, canvassing faculty, administrators and research stations across the state to ascertain their specific needs and goals. As N.C. State embarks on the public phase of a $1 billion comprehensive campaign this fall, Maxwell will spearhead development efforts for NCARS to bolster the organization's mission to serve the North Carolina agricultural industry and, in turn, benefit communities across the state.

"I am completely inspired by the depth and breadth of research in the College," Maxwell said. "In tune with N.C. State's land-grant mission, our researchers are seeing problems and solving them, making a real difference in people's lives."

Maxwell, a 1987 graduate of the Department of Horticultural Science, served the College in several different development positions for 11 years, including College campaign director for the Century II Campaign and director of development for the JC Raulston Arboretum.

Most recently, Maxwell was director of development for Meredith College, where she played a key role in the planning and management of Meredith's $33.5 million comprehensive campaign.

"We are very pleased to have Catherine Maxwell return to the College," said Keith Oakley, executive director for College Advancement. "Catherine is an accomplished development professional with a proven track record. As director of development for NCARS, she will work with Associate Dean Steven Leath and his staff to continue growing private support in an already very successful operation."

With more than 15 years of development experience under her belt, not to mention contagious energy and steadfast determination, Maxwell feels well equipped to achieve her goals for NCARS.

"The research happening here is remarkable," she said. "One of my biggest goals is for people to understand that they can make a real difference in the life of the College and the life of the state by supporting research at N.C. State University."

- Suzanne Stanard