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CALS Alumni and Friends

Catch up on college news, learn about upcoming events and stay in touch with other graduates.

Welcome Home

We are glad that you are visiting. We hope you can take a few minutes to catch up on the news of the college and learn about our upcoming events.

We also hope you stay in touch. Our students are interested in learning more about their alumni, so we welcome you to submit suggestions for stories, as well as brief announcements about professional achievements.

A New Twist on an Old Favorite

Join us this year for CALS Tailgate. . . At Home. This year marks the 29th anniversary of Tailgate, and although we will not physically come together, our CALS Tailgate at Home Kit offers all the tailgate essentials so you can still celebrate the college and Ag Day.

CALS Tailgate At Home Kits will start shipping September 21. You will receive an email once your kit is on its way.

Learn more 
Cals tailgate at home

CALS Alumni and Friends Society Advisory Board

2021 Meeting Schedule

Coming soon.

Board Members

NameCompanyTitleGraduationBoard Role
Mr. William B. Upchurch Jr.NC Tobacco Trust Fund CommissionExecutive DirectorClass of ’91President
Mr. Chad BentonBASF CorporationScientist IIIClass of ’05Vice President
Mrs. Leslie B. FriedrichSyngenta Crop ProtectionRetiredClass of ’87Secretary/Treasurer
Mr. George SimpsonYara North America, Inc.Regional ManagerClass of ’92Immediate Past President
Mr. Jason BarbourBearded Cob Farms & Barbour FarmsOwner/Operator and PartnerClass of ’12Member
Dr. Travis BurkeNC State Administration – ExtensionEmeritusClass of ’82, ’87, ’02Member
Mr. Jason BurtonJason P. Burton, Attorney at LawAttorneyClass of ’98, ’02Member
Ms. Lakean ByrdSouth Johnston High SchoolAgriculture Education TeacherClass of ’13Member
Mrs. Ashley CollinsAgriculture Future of AmericaDirector of Collegiate RelationsClass of ’05Member
Mr. Jeff JenningsClass of ’87Member
Mr. Chris HegeCoastal Agro BusinessSeed and Technology ManagerClass of ’97Member
Mr. Jacob TraverseTriangle Global Health ConsortiumExecutive DirectorClass of ’01, ’05Member
Dr. Bonnie JamesWal-Mart FoundationPharmacistClass of ’09, ’13Member
Mrs. Lendy JohnsonNC Farm Bureau Foundation, Inc.Director of OrganizationClass of ’06, ’11Member
Mr. David ParrishNC Cotton Producers AssociationCEOClass of ’02Member
Mr. George ScottUniversal Leaf FoundationVice PresidentClass of ’98, ’00Member
Mrs. Gabby SecklerNetsertiveClient Success CoordinatorClass of ’15Member
Mrs. Sharon TysonTyson Family FarmsFarm Co-ManagerClass of ’92Member
Mr. Bryant SpiveyNorth Carolina State UniversityCounty Extension DirectorClass of ’93, ’01NCCES Representative
Mr. Gary CartwrightNorth Carolina State UniversityDairy Enterprise DirectorClass of ’79Faculty Advisor – Agriculture
TBDFaculty Advisor – Life Sciences
Ms. Karin ShankNorth Carolina Biotechnology CenterSenior Research AnalystClass of ’00NC Biotechnology Center Representative
Mrs. Beth FarrellNorth Carolina Department of AgricultureAgriculture Program SpecialistClass of ’02NCDA Representative
Ms. Courtney ThorntonNC State CALS StudentClass of ’19Student Representative
Mr. Chad TysonNC State CALS StudentClass of ’20Student Representative
Mr. Matthew WilliamsNC State Alumni AssociationCoordinator of Constituency GroupsClass of ’14NC State Alumni Association Advisor