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Endowment honors Nelson’s work


Larry NelsonPhoto by Daniel Kim

Dr. Larry Nelson, N.C. State University professor emeritus of statistics, retired in August from his position as the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ assistant dean for international programs. At Nelson’s well-attended retirement reception at the N.C. State University Club, College Dean Johnny Wynne announced a CALS International Programs Endowment for Excellence to honor Nelson’s work.

The endowment will support CALS International Programs initiatives, including student and faculty international travel and costs for international visiting professors and speakers. Already more than $12,500 has been contributed toward the endowment, including a generous gift from Nelson.

“Despite some challenging budget periods, Dr. Nelson moved our international programs forward,” Wynne said at the reception, also attended by North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall.

Nelson retired in 1989 as professor of statistics in the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences. A biometrician, Nelson had spent his first 10 retirement years consulting in statistics in China, India, South America and the Caribbean. He returned to N.C. State in 1999 to work on a Bolivian project with Dr. George Wilson, then CALS international programs’ coordinator.

Three-and-a-half years later, Nelson, who had spent 26 years with the university before his first retirement, was named CALS assistant dean for international programs, a part-time position. “We hired him for a fulltime job at halftime pay,” Wynne said of Nelson’s hard work as the College’s international programs rapidly expanded in the past few years.

In September, Wynne named Dr. Paul Mueller, professor of crop science, as interim director of CALS’ International Programs Office.

—Art Latham

For information about donating to the CALS International Programs Endowment for Excellence call Chris Wessel at 919.515.7678.