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CALS alumnus named to Central Indiana Business Hall of Fame

Bill Culpepper is joined by his grandchildren at his February induction into the 2009 Central Indiana Business Hall of Fame.

N.C. State University alumnus and Nash County native Bill Culpepper Jr. has been inducted into the 2009 Central Indiana Business Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame was established in 1989 by Junior Achievement of Central Indiana Inc. "to honor the champions of free enterprise and to present business role models from the past and present to the youth of our community," according to the Hall of Fame press release announcing the 2009 laureates. Culpepper was inducted along with four other laureates in a black-tie awards dinner and ceremony in Indianapolis on Feb. 19.

Culpepper, a 1966 graduate of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ Department of Crop Science at N.C. State, is president and CEO of SePRO Corporation, an agrichemical company based outside Indianapolis, Ind. SePRO makes the leading brand of aquatic herbicide for selective treatment of invasive and nuisance plants.

After graduating from NC State, Culpepper worked as a representative of Eli Lilly and Company. He founded SePRO in 1993. In addition to products for aquatic weed management, SePRO also markets specialty products for the turf, nursery and ornamentals industry. Other business ventures owned by SePRO include ReMetrix, an environmental mapping company, and ParaPRO LLC, a start-up pharmaceutical company.

Culpepper is chairman of the board of directors of the North Carolina Agricultural and Life Sciences Research Foundation, based in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and served as a campaign co-chair for the N.C. State University Achieve! Campaign.

In 2005, he was awarded the College's Outstanding Alumnus Award. Culpepper also serves on the boards of industry and community organizations, including Responsible Industry for Sound Environment (RISE) and Crop Life America (CLA), the industry's leading trade association dedicated to supporting responsible stewardship of agrichemical products and promoting the health and well-being of people and the environment.

-- Suzanne Stanard