Gamma Sigma Delta
Honor Society for Agriculture
North Carolina State University

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Distinguished Members

2007 Alumni members

John Anderson

Billy Ray Hall

Lynne Scott Safrit


John Anderson holds a BS in Soil Science from NC State University (1972); a MS in Crop Science from NC State University (1976) ;a PhD in Crop Science from the University of Illinois (1978) ; and an MBA in 1994 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He is currently the Technology Development Manager for Monsanto Company.  Prior to joining Monsanto Company in 1998, Dr. Anderson served on the faculty of the Department of Crop Science at NC State University from 1978 – 1998.  He retired as a full professor. 

As Technology Development Manager for Monsanto, Dr. Anderson works with university faculty and administrators nationwide to identify opportunities for collaboration and to develop partnerships that will lead to advances in agriculture.  In this role, he has been and continues to be responsible for high levels of funding for research at NC State University and at other universities.  As a NC State alumnus and faculty emeritus, he serves in both formal and informal roles as a volunteer and advocate of the College.  Currently, he is serving as a member of the founding Board of Directors of the NC Agricultural and Life Sciences Research Foundation.


Billy Ray Hall is from Mt. Olive, NC and earned his B.A. in Economics in 1969 and Masters of Economics in 1970 from NC State University.  He currently serves as President of the NC Rural Economic Development Center in Raleigh, NC, a non-profit with the mission of developing, promoting, and implementing sound economic strategies to improve the quality of life of rural North Carolinians.  The center serves the state's 85 rural counties, with a special focus on individuals with low to moderate incomes and communities with limited resources. 

Nominated for his service to the state of North Carolina, NC State University and the College, he is or has been active on the State Infrastructure Council, NC Rural Internet Access Authority Board, NC Foundation for Soil & Water Conservation District Board, and the NC Agricultural Advancement Consortium.  Past service includes directing the NC Hurricane Floyd Redevelopment Center and the NC Disaster Recovery Center (Hurricane Fran). 


Lynne Scott Safrit, a native of Kannapolis, graduated Cum Laude with a BA from Catawba College in 1980 and from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 1981 with a MA. She is a graduate of the Commercial Real Estate Institute, holds the CCIM designation, and is a licensed general real estate appraiser in North and South Carolina. She has made contributions to agriculture through her leadership at Castle & Cooke. Through her association with Dole Foods, she continues to have a profound impact on the development, production and distribution of food throughout the US and World.