NC Agricultural and Life Sciences
Research Foundation

Mission Statement

The North Carolina Agricultural and Life Sciences Research Foundation enhances research programs by seeking to increase public and private support for the College of Agriculture and Life SciencesThis support creates new opportunities for CALS faculty, staff and students to innovate and pursue excellence in research by developing and sustaining critical partnerships that:

  • Enhance synergistic research among the agricultural and life sciences;
  • Foster urban and rural economic development and stewardship of natural resources; and
  • Broaden awareness for CALS research achievements.

Strategic Objectives

  1. Build resources for the discovery, development, and commercialization of new ideas and technologies.
  2. Develop and articulate high-value research propositions.
  3. Develop and implement innovative funding programs.
  4. Simplify business processes and other interactions between the private sector and the university.
  5. Provide advocacy for the programs and research achievements of the College.

Board of Directors

Roger Black
Leaf Research Consultant

David Bubeck
Research Director
Pioneer Hi-Bred International

Eugene Charville
President and Chief Executive Officer
AgCarolina Financial

Richard Childress
President and CEO of Richard Childress Racing
Proprietor of Yadkin River Angus and Childress Vineyards

William Collins, Sr.
Senior Director of Major Gifts
College of Agriculture & Life Sciences

William Culpepper
President and CEO
SePRO Corporation

David Davenport
J.P. Davenport & Son

Robert E. Esch
Chief Scientific Officer
Greer Laboratories

Nicholas Hamon
Vice President of Sustainability
Bayer CropScience North America

Joe K. Hampton
Superintendent, Piedmont Research Station
Owner, Back Creek Angus

Clyde Higgs
Vice President of Business Development
North Carolina Research Campus

Kendall Hill
Tull Hill Farms, Inc.

Ray E. Hollowell, Jr.
Renaissance Construction Company

E. Allen James
Consultant, Pest Control
Retired Trade Association Chief Executive

Ted Katsigianis
Vice President of Agriculture, Environmental Issues, & Natural Resources
The Biltmore Company

Steven Leath
Vice President for Research
The University of North Carolina
General Administration

Michael A. Luther
Chief Business Officer
David H. Murdock Research Institute

Martin P. Mascianica
Vice President, Business Services – Crop Protection
BASF Corporation

Dell Murphy
DM Farms of Rose Hill


T. Dawn Parks
Co-owner and Secretary-Treasurer
P&D Automotive Systems, Inc.

Becky Rhodes
Vol Firs
Maryville, TN

John A. Ryals
President  & CEO
Metabolon, Inc.

Mark D. Stowers
Deputy Head of Research and Breeding
HM Clause

Jill Stowers-Hoffman
Vice President
Hoffman Nursery, Inc.

Charles Stuber
Center for Plant Breeding and Applied Plant Genomics
College of Agriculture & Life Sciences

David Winwood
UAB Research Foundation