NC State University programs in support of the tobacco industry have received a significant boost with a recent $1 million donation to an endowment at the university. On Nov. 14, Altria, one of the United States’ largest tobacco corporations, presented a $1 million check to the Dr. William K. Collins Tobacco Agronomist Position in Research, Teaching and Extension Endowment, in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at NC State.
As Dr. Thearon McKinney retired from N.C. State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, a new scholarship endowment was created by his friends and family to honor McKinney and his wife, Vanette. The Thearon and Vanette McKinney American Youth Foundation Leadership Conference Scholarship Endowment was announced Sept. 7 at a retirement celebration for McKinney at the university’s JC Raulston Arboretum.
The foundations that support North Carolina Cooperative Extension celebrated a whopping 23 new endowments and enhancement funds at their annual fall meeting.
The late Livio Ferruzzi, an agricultural business entrepreneur and innovator with a global reach and local presence, was honored Dec. 8 when family, friends and associates gathered at the Center for Marine Science and Technology in Morehead City to establish an N.C. State University scholarship endowment in his name.