R. Stanhope Pullen Society Welcomes Class of 2022 Inductees
NC State’s R. Stanhope Pullen Society welcomed its newest members April 8 with a special ceremony held in their honor. The annual event took place at the E. Carroll Joyner Beef Education Unit, part of the university’s Lake Wheeler Road Field Laboratory, and saw 96 new members inducted into the lifetime giving society.
Alumnus Charles A. “Chuck” Flink II and his wife, Marjorie, were this year’s induction ceremony hosts. The couple, both Pullen Society members and volunteer leaders on campus, started off the event with a few kind words for Joyner’s contributions to NC State, which include support for the unit, the Joyner Visitor Center on South Campus, a planned gift he made in 2014 and much more.
Chris Boyer, NC State’s vice chancellor for strategic brand management, then gave a brief overview of what goes into making NC State not just an extraordinary university but an established entity known the world over (and beyond, thanks to accomplishments like those of NASA astronaut and NC State alumna Christina Koch).
Following lunch, Brian Sischo, NC State’s vice chancellor for university advancement, gave a short history of the Pullen Society before welcoming Chancellor Randy Woodson to the stage. Woodson thanked the new and existing members of the society for their generosity, including many gifts that contributed to the success of the university’s recent Think and Do the Extraordinary Campaign, and for their courage to face the future by planning ahead financially.
“The unknown can be a difficult thing, but you’ve chosen to be bold and ensure that your mark on the Pack will last forever,” Woodson said. “It doesn’t matter what you’ve chosen to give or how you’ll give it; your planned gift signifies that you care deeply about the people and places that make up NC State.”
Carrie Bhada, NC State’s assistant vice chancellor for university development, then read a brief bio for each inductee as they made their way forward to receive a special certificate of membership from the chancellor. These new members brought the Pullen Society’s total to an incredible 1,871.
“As the chancellor of NC State, I want to say thank you on behalf of the entire university for trusting us with your philanthropic legacy,“ Woodson said. “That stamp of approval is what makes planned giving so extraordinary. That dedication to our success is what makes you so extraordinary.”
The Pullen Society is named for R. Stanhope Pullen, the Raleigh businessman and NC State supporter who donated the original 62 acres that the university was built upon. The lifetime giving society recognizes members of the Pack who have made a gift benefiting NC State through their wills, trusts or other holdings. No minimum gift amount is required, with all planned gifts being deemed equally important to NC State’s pursuit of educational excellence and, thus, worthy of recognition by the university.