Cassius Williams, a College of Agriculture and Life Sciences alumnus and a former member of the N.C. State University Board of Trustees, has been named one of three recipients of the 2012 Watauga Medal. Williams and Gen. H. Hugh Shelton, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will receive the awards at the university’s Founders’ Day Dinner March 5. The third recipient, the late C. E. “Ed” Vick, president of an engineering firm, will be honored posthumously at the event.
Presented in recognition of distinguished service to N.C. State, the Watauga Medal is the university’s highest non-academic honor.
Williams graduated from N.C. State in 1969 with a bachelor’s degree in animal science. He worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farmer’s Home Administration for 24 years, after which he switched to insurance, building a State Farm agency that has protected the lives, property and business interests of thousands of eastern North Carolina citizens.
His history of service to and support of N.C. State includes 11 years on the Board of Trustees, including serving as first vice chair from 2010-2011. He is former president of the Alumni Association Board of Directors and a past member of the Board of Visitors. Currently he serves as a member of the Centennial Authority.
Williams’ record of civic engagement includes service on numerous boards including the Board of the Greenville-Pitt Chamber of Commerce, Town of River Bend Planning Board and the University Health System of East Carolina.