The NC State University Foundation is pleased to recognize Gene Langley, volunteer leader and donor, as the recipient of the 2014 Jerry and Elizabeth Godwin Red Torch Award. The Godwin Red Torch Award honors individuals or families who have volunteered with distinction to further the mission of NC State. Gene received the award in June at a dinner held at the Carol Johnson Poole Clubhouse.
Speaking at the event, Chancellor Randy Woodson recognized the tremendous contributions Gene has made to the university. “Ask anyone what makes NC State such an exceptional university, and they’ll list any number of things—the ground-breaking research that happens here, the student experience, the dedication of our sports fans. But what many don’t mention are the forces working behind the scenes to make all of those things possible. It is the investment of time and talent of committed volunteer leaders like Gene who create an environment where our people and programs thrive,” he said.
For over five decades, Gene has been a loyal and generous member of the NC State family. After making his first gift to the Alumni Loyalty Fund in 1978, Gene went on to become president of the NC State Alumni Association. He served on the steering committee for the Alumni Association Campaign for Excellence; on the search committee for the associate vice chancellor for alumni relations; and as chairman of the search committee for executive director of the Alumni Association.
A lifetime member of the Alumni Association, he was honored by the Association with its Meritorious Service Award in 2005. His contributions were again recognized when Pi Kappa Alpha, Gene’s fraternity, named the Park Alumni Center’s executive director’s suite after him.
Outside of his commitment to the Alumni Association, Gene has served as former chair of the NC State University Foundation and as a member of the NC State Investment Fund Board of Directors, Coalition 2000 and the Park Scholars Selection Committee. A member of the C. W. Dabney Lifetime Giving Society, Gene is a founding member of the State Club, a charter partner of the Lonnie Poole Golf Course, and a Wolfpack Club member and supporter.
Gene and his wife, Vicky, continue to provide for initiatives all across campus, helping to ensure that NC State remains a well-rounded institution. The Langleys’ generosity has benefited the Alumni Association, athletics, the golf course, ARTS NC State, the Gregg Museum, the Caldwell Fellows Program, the College of Engineering and J.C. Raulston Arboretum.
Gene and Vicky reside in Raleigh and have three children and five grandchildren. Gene is president of Resource Management Associates, an independent financial services firm he leads with his daughter, Susanna, and son, Marty.
Very active in the community, the Langleys have supported a number of universities and nonprofit agencies across the Triangle and throughout North Carolina. Gene is former president of the UNC Foundation and a former board member of the YMCA of the Triangle, Rex Hospital Foundation, Camp Oak Hill and Prevent Blindness of North Carolina. He is former president and a current member of Meredith College’s board of trustees.