Stewardship of Your Investment

The stewardship goals of the NCALS Research Foundation are three-fold:
  • Utilize funds wisely to fulfill the research mission of the College and the intent of its donors
  • Recognize and celebrate the contributions of Foundation partners appropriately, and inform them of the impact of their gifts
  • Foster the enriched scientific community that is created by these partnerships
David H. Murdock

Distinguished Professorships

The decisions of the Foundation Board and benefits offered to investors are made with these goals in mind.

Foundation funding priorities are guided by the College's commitment to improving the sustainability of industries in the agricultural and life sciences, conserving and improving the state's natural resources, and improving quality of life.

Investor benefits and programs are designed to ensure that each contributor receives current information on the College's research enterprise and has access to CALS research leaders working in their areas of interest.

The Result?

Contributors to the NCALS Research Foundation play an instrumental role in advancing scientific accomplishments that improve the environmental, social and economic well-being of our communities and our world.

A $2 million gift from David H. Murdock, owner of Dole Food Company, will help staff the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) with CALS faculty members who will work to develop more nutritious fruits and vegetables.

Matched with $1 million from the North Carolina Distinguished Professors Endowment Trust Fund, the $3 million total will create endowments to fund three David H. Murdock Distinguished Professorships.

Dr. Mary Ann Lila, Director of the Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI) at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, was recently named the first Murdock Distinguished Professor.