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Grainger, Chang, Bryant receive Watauga Medal, university’s highest nonacademic honor


2010 Watauga Medalists Charlie Bryant (left), Frank Grainger and Hou-min Chang

Agribusiness leader H. Frank Grainger is among the 2010 recipients of the prestigious Watauga Medal for distinguished service to North Carolina State University. Dr. Hou-min Chang, professor emeritus of wood and paper science; Kenneth M. “Charlie” Bryant, Wolfpack fund raiser and former athletics administrator; and Grainger received N.C. State’s highest nonacademic honor at the Founders’ Day Dinner on March 8.

Grainger of Cary is a founding member of the advisory board for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Alumni and Friends Society at N.C. State. A member of the North Carolina Agricultural Foundation and the North Carolina Tobacco Foundation, he has chaired the J.C. Raulston Arboretum Gala and served on the arboretum’s board of directors.

He has completed three terms on the University of North Carolina Board of Governors and has served on the Wolfpack Club board of directors and the College of Education advisory board. He co-founded N.C. State Economic Development Coalition 2000 and served as a board member for the Research Triangle Foundation.

N.C. State’s Alumni Association honored Grainger with an honorary alumnus degree in 1998 and an Award of Merit in 2008. In 2004, he received the North Carolina Agricultural Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award. Last year he was inducted into Gamma Sigma Delta honor society of agriculture.

Chang recognized for continuing achievements in research and international program development. A faculty member for more than 30 years, he rose from postdoctoral fellow to become the Reuben Robertson Distinguished Professor of Pulp and Paper Science. He was instrumental in establishing the forest biotechnology program and Forest Biotechnology Industrial Research Consortium.

Chang was honored with the N.C. State Alumni Association’s Outstanding Research Award and recognized as a Distinguished Professor of Graduate Teaching. He has established endowments for undergraduate students in paper science and started a graduate research fellowship. His former students hold executive positions in large corporations and leadership positions with the U.S. Forest Service and Department of Agriculture.

Since retirement in 2005, the Raleigh resident has co-authored 20 papers and four invention disclosures in biomaterials and biofuels, co-chaired three international conferences and led the creation of an integrated master’s degree program between N.C. State and Nanjing Forestry University. He has been a principal or co-principal investigator on grants totaling more than $7.5 million since beginning the part-time phase of his retirement in 2001.

Bryant’s career spans more than 50 years as an athlete, coach and university administrator. As an assistant basketball coach at N.C. State from 1964 to 1970, Bryant helped lead the Wolfpack to two ACC titles. He was executive secretary of the Student Aid Association from 1976 to 1997, adding duties as executive director for athletic development in 1991.

He conceived the “Wolfpack Pride” fund-raising campaign, the largest athletic development effort of its kind in the 1990s, to fund the RBC Center and enlarge Carter-Finley Stadium. As executive director of the Wolfpack Club, he helped raise scholarship money for more than 300 students each of his 22 years. He served on the board of directors for the Student Aid Association from 1997 to 2005.

For more information about the Watauga Medal, previous winners and the program’s history, visit www.ncsu.edu/watauga. -- NCSU News Services