Gamma Sigma Delta initiates two honorary members, two alumni members at 48th annual banquet
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Gamma Sigma Delta initiates
two honorary members,
two alumni members
at 48th annual banquet

From left are Dean Jim Oblinger, Pryor Gibson III, Sue Johnson-Langdon, Sam Lang, Keith Oakley and Dr. Doug Sanders, N.C. State GSD chapter president.  (Photo by Communication Services)

In ceremonies April 25, the N. C. State University chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta, the honor society of agriculture, initiated four individuals who have shown distinguished service and leadership. Pryor Gibson III and Sam Lang were initiated as honorary members, while Sue Johnson-Langdon and Keith Oakley were honored as alumni members at the 48th annual banquet of the N.C. State GSD chapter at Talley Student Center.

Anson County native Gibson represents Anson, Montgomery and Stanly counties in the state General Assembly and is a long-time friend of agriculture. He serves as chairman of the Environmental and Natural Resources Committee and the Travel and Tourism Committee in the state House. Author and sponsor of nearly 100 bills that have tremendously impacted the state’s economy, he was recently instrumental in the passage of legislation that will benefit the thriving turfgrass industry.

Lang, a native of Georgia, owns Fairway Green Inc. He has served on the Government Relations Committee and as president of the Turfgrass Council of N.C. A long-time supporter of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, he actively solicited support for the Turfgrass Environmental Research and Education Center which was approved by the 2001 North Carolina General Assembly. This center will allow the turf industry and the university to continue a close working relationship.

Alumni initiate Johnson-Langdon of Smithfield has been since 1995 executive director of the North Carolina Sweet Potato Commission, which represents a coalition of more than 450 sweetpotato growers throughout the state. She has raised awareness of and respect for this organization with the public, the industry and producers. She has been particularly effective in developing a close working relationship between the sweetpotato growers of the state and the N.C. State University sweetpotato research and extension team.

The second alumni initiate, Keith Oakley, a Durham native, oversees the College’s Foundations and Development Office, as well as its College Relations and alumni activities. He heads the efforts of the North Carolina Agricultural, Dairy and Tobacco foundations while providing direction to foundations supporting 4-H and the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service. During his tenure, the total assets of the College’s foundations have grown to more than $100 million (from less than $5 million in 1989), and total contributions have increased from $1.9 million in 1989 to $27.4 million in 2001. The College has led the campus in fund raising for the past 10 years.

—Terri Leith


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