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Former University Provost Nash Winstead dies in October

Dr. Nash Nicks Winstead, former N.C. State University provost and vice chancellor of academic affairs, died Oct. 18. Winstead, 83, an alumnus of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, also had served on the College’s faculty.

Winstead earned his bachelor's degree in agronomy in 1948 and his 1951 master's in plant pathology from N.C. State following an honorable discharge from the Army Air Force after World War II. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1953.

In 1955, Winstead started his career at N.C. State as assistant professor of plant pathology in 1955, later becoming associate and full professor, while also serving as an associate faculty member of the Horticulture, Genetics and Botany Departments. In 1965, he was appointed director of the Institute of Biological Sciences and assistant director of the Agricultural Experiment Station at N.C. State. Appointed assistant provost at N.C. State in 1967, he became provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs in 1974. He retired in 1990, becoming professor of plant pathology and provost and vice chancellor of academic affairs emeritus.

During his career at N.C. State, Winstead taught plant pathology graduate courses and freshman biology laboratory sections. He also was acting chancellor of N.C. State University from July 1981 through June 1982.

His accomplishments in the hiring and advancement of women and minorities at N.C. State earned him the African-American Heritage Societies Award and the Equity for Women Award. He was also named the Tarheel of the Week by the Raleigh News and Observer in 1974.

Winstead served on the boards of many organizations including the Cooperating Raleigh Colleges, Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN), Triangle Universities Consortium for Advanced Studies Incorporated (TUCASI), North Carolina School of Math and Science, North Carolina Wesleyan College and Methodist Home for Children.