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Davenport appointed to N.C. State Board of Trustees


Lawrence Davenport is a 1965 graduate of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Photo by Courtesy Lynn Wells

S. Lawrence Davenport, an alumnus of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, was appointed in March to the N.C. State University Board of Trustees by the University of North Carolina Board of Governors. Davenport, of Pactolus, is president of J.P. Davenport and Son Inc., a family-owned agribusiness that includes crop and seed production, a farm supply store and fertilizer sales. He is also part owner and secretary-treasurer of Pitt Martin Fertilizer Co. and Roanoke-Tar Cotton Inc. Davenport graduated from N.C. State University in 1965 with a bachelor's degree in agronomy. He is a member of the board of directors and former board chair of Golden LEAF Inc., the non-profit foundation set up by the state legislature to invest and disburse half the funds given to North Carolina from the national tobacco settlement. He is a founding member of the N.C. State University Board of Visitors, a recipient of the university's Watauga Medal and a member of the Chancellor's Circle. Davenport has served as president of the N.C. Crop Improvement Association and the N.C. Foundation Seed Producers, as director of the Tobacco Growers Association of N.C. and as a member of the U.S. Advisory Commission for Tobacco Inspection.