as honorary alumni
It is probably impossible to be involved
with North Carolina agriculture and not be associated with the
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
Just consider Frank Grainger and Sam Lee.
Neither ever set foot in a North Carolina State University classroom
as a student, but both have long made their living from North
Carolina agriculture. That close association with North Carolina
agriculture means the two men have also been closely associated
with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
That association was formalized Oct. 1
during a ceremony at the N.C. State-Syracuse football game when
Grainger and Lee were named honorary N.C. State alumni. Both
were nominated to become honorary alumni by Dean Jim Oblinger.
Graingers principal business is Fair Products
Inc., a manufacturer of agricultural chemicals. But the Cary
resident also owns a working farm in Columbus County, where he
grew up. He has long been active and held leadership positions
in agricultural organizations. Grainger
also is a long-time supporter of N.C. State and the College.
He is treasurer of the N.C. State Student Aid Association and
a member of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors.
He also served as co-chairman of the 1998 4-H Gala.
My association (with N.C. State and
the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences) goes back to when
I was a kid growing up, Grainger says. I was an active
4-H member. I was always closely connected to the university.
I aspired to be an N.C. State student, but life didnt lead
me in that direction.
He graduated instead from Wayne Community
College in Goldsboro. As Grainger pursued an agricultural career
first selling, then manufacturing agricultural chemicals
he became more and more closely associated with the College.
Graingers connection to N.C. State
extends even to his family. His wife, Judith, is an alumnus,
as is daughter Michelle, who graduated in December. His son,
Frank II, is a sophomore.
Lee, of Rocky Mount,
is area sales manager for Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc.
The area he supervises includes North and South Carolina, Virginia
and nine counties in West Virginia. A Beaufort County native
who grew up on a tobacco farm, Lee attended Randolph-Macon College
Theres so much that we do as
a company that ties directly to the university, Lee says.
We have a large number of common goals. I believe very
strongly in the university and what it means to this state and
the citizens of this state and what it has contributed even on
an international level.
Lee is president elect of the N.C. Agribusiness
Council. He also serves on the Colleges Board of Advisors
and as secretary of the North Carolina Agricultural Foundation
board of directors. He also heads a steering committee working
to raise $39 million for a new BioProtection Building, to be
located on the Centennial Campus, that will house the departments
of Entomology and Plant Pathology.
Neither Grainger nor Lee took a degree
from N.C. State, but both have given considerably more than their
fair share to the university and the College.