Board Members


W. Trent Ragland III, Raleigh, NC
Chair

Trent Ragland received his B.A. in business management from NC State in 1980. He is the owner and president of Ragland Properties, Inc., a Raleigh-based real estate development company. Ragland currently serves NC State on the State Club Board of Directors (founding member) and the Executive Committee of Friends of the Library; he formerly served on the NC State Investment Fund Members Board and the Achieve Campaign Steering Committee for the Libraries. Ragland is a lifetime member of the Alumni Association and a member of the Wolfpack Club and the C. W. Dabney Society. He is currently a board member of the North Carolina Community Foundation and the Wake Boys and Girls Club, and he is the former chairman of the Board of Trustees of Saint Mary’s School. He and his wife, Wes, have two children.


Charles E. Stallings, Richmond, VA
Vice Chair

Charlie Stallings received his B.A. in business management from NC State in 1977. He is a senior vice president with BB&T Capital Markets, Institutional Fixed Income Group. Stallings is a member of the Wolfpack Club, the R.S. Pullen and the W.C. Riddick Societies and a lifetime member of the Alumni Association. He is a former member of the NC State Investment Fund Board of Directors and past president of the NC State Club of Richmond. While president, he spearheaded the campaign for NC State license plates in Virginia. Stallings has established endowments at the Poole College of Management to provide scholarship support to undergraduate students. He is co-founder and past president of Greater Richmond Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN). He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Richmond Ballet, the state ballet of Virginia. He and his wife, Jeanne, have four children.


Ira J. “Jerry” Jackson III, Raleigh, NC
Past Chair

Jerry Jackson received his B.S. in textile technology from NC State in 1964. He currently serves as one of the co-chairs for the Gregg Museum Campaign Executive Committee. Jackson is a former chair of the JC Raulston Arboretum Board of Advisors and has served on the ARTS NC State Board as well as on the ARTS Achieve Campaign Committee. He is a member of the C. W. Dabney Society and a lifetime member of the Alumni Association. Jackson is a retired Chairman of FMI Corporation, the nation’s largest provider of management consulting and investment banking to the worldwide construction industry. He continues to serve as the publisher and senior editor of FMI Quarterly, the construction industry’s premiere resource for business management solutions. In 2011, Jackson and his wife, Nina, were awarded the Bowers Medal of Arts. Jackson and Nina have two children.


Michael T. Constantino, Cary, NC

Michael Constantino received his B. A. in Business Management from NC State in 1984 and his B.A. in Accounting in 1995. He was named the 2012 Person of the Year by the Poole College of Management and also received the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2004.  Constantino is an Assurance Partner at Ernst & Young, which is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. He is a founding member of the State Club and a current member of the Page Society. Along with his wife, Lori, he established the Michael and Lori Constantino Endowment Fund that provides fellowship awards to the Poole College’s Jenkins Master of Accounting students. They are also strong supporters of NC State athletics and the Wolfpack Club.


Lynn Daniel, Charlotte, NC

Lynn Daniel started The Daniel Group in 1989. His background includes more than 11 years of management consulting experience with Norelli & Company, corporate planning and new product management positions with Rexham Corporation (now Rexam Corporation), as well as sales and sales management experience with Eli Lilly Company. Daniel has been quoted in the New York Times, INC Magazine, Business Journal, Business NC, Business Week Frontier, and the Charlotte Observer, among others. He has written articles that appeared in Long Range Planning, Journal of Business Strategy and the Business Journal. In 2010, The Daniel Group was selected as one of the Top Fifty Fastest Growing Private Companies in the Charlotte region. It has also been selected as one of North Carolina’s Family Friendly Companies. He is a past president of the NC State Alumni Association. He has served on the boards of the Charlotte Chapter of the American Marketing Association and the Hornet’s Nest Girl Scout Council. He currently serves on the board of directors of WFAE, the public radio station for the Charlotte region. The Daniel Group provides strategic planning, research and training services designed to help companies measure, manage and improve customer service. Clients include Bonded Logistics, Gregory Poole, Empire Southwest, NC Machinery, Caterpillar, Inc., Turkington Industries (England), Okuma and Whayne Supply.


Ken Dull, Wilmington, NC

Ken Dull received his B.S. in civil engineering from NC State in 1985. Dull established the Dull Scholarship in Civil, Construction & Environmental Engineering in 2008 and the scholarship is currently building to the endowment level. He is a member of the Campaign Cabinet and was previously a member of the Park Scholars Selection Committee and has volunteered for both the Wolfpack Club and the Alumni Association. While at NC State, Dull was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. Dull is the president and owner of McKinley Building Corporation. In 1992, he founded McKinley Building which has grown to become Wilmington’s leading, locally-owned, commercial builder with over 280 projects to date. Dull is a member of the Wilmington Business Development Board of Directors. Dull and his wife, Vicki, have two daughters.


Elizabeth D. “Libby” Godwin, Charlotte, NC

Libby Godwin received her MED in mathematics education from NC State in 1979 and her B.A. in mathematics magna cum laude from UNC Greensboro. She is a member of the Alumni Association and the C. W. Dabney Society. Godwin’s husband, Jerry, is an alumnus of NC State who attended the Agriculture Institute. The Godwins currently support NC State through a scholarship endowment they created in 2008; the endowment supports five undergraduate scholarships, including two specifically for math education majors.


Jeffrey V. Goodman, Asheville, NC

Jeff Goodman is an Education alumnus with a B.S. in Industrial Arts. He is the Chairman and CEO of Hedrick Industries, also known as the B.V. Hedrick Gravel & Sand Company, which produces crushed rock, gravel, and sand in North and South Carolina quarries and mines. The company has received numerous accolades for its community involvement and environmental stewardship. Mr. Goodman is a current member of the Alumni Association, the Varsity Club and the William Joseph Peele Society. He is also a charter member of the Lonnie Poole Golf Course. Goodman and his wife, Diana, have four grown daughters.


Torry J. Holt, Raleigh, NC

Torry Holt studied sociology at NC State and played football for the Wolfpack. He set records in almost every receiving category and earned several ACC awards and recognitions, including being named an ACC Legend in 2012. Holt was drafted in the first round by the St. Louis Rams in 1999 and retired after 11 years of service. Following his career as a professional football player, Torry co-founded Holt Brothers Enterprises along with his brother, Terrance, which consists of Holt Brothers Construction, Holt Brothers Development, Holt Brothers Football and the Holt Brothers Foundation. He and his wife, Carla, have three children.


Ghazale Johnston, Charlotte, NC

Ghazale Johnston received her B.S. in textile and apparel management and textile manufacturing and a B.A. in multidisciplinary studies with a minor in Spanish from NC State in 1996. Johnston is a member of the NC State Alumni Association. While attending the university she was a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority and served as the President of the Panhellenic Association. She also served as the student speaker at the NC State Fall Commencement Ceremony in 1996. In 2016, Johnston created the Johnston Family Scholarship which provides scholarship support for outstanding freshmen who display strong leadership skills, demonstrate financial need and are members of an underrepresented group. Johnston is the chief operating officer for CommuniGift, a birthday invitation and gift-purchasing platform that enables children to send virtual birthday invites and direct birthday gifts to an underserved child in the community. She currently serves on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte. Johnston was formerly a Managing Director with Accenture and is a former member of the Charlotte Ballet Board of Trustees. In 2013, she was a winner of the Charlotte Business Journal 40 under 40 award. She and her husband, Andy, have two children.


W. Grant Johnston, Atlanta, GA

Grant Johnston holds three degrees from NC State—a B.A. in business management and a B.A. in Spanish language and literature, both received in 1995, and an M.A. in accounting, which he received in 2003. He also received an international MBA from the University of South Carolina in 2002. Johnston is a lifetime member of the NC State Alumni Association, a member of the W.C. Riddick Lifetime Giving Society and the Varsity Club and a former member of the Park Scholars Selection Committee. A former NC State swimmer and team captain, he remains active with the men’s swim team community. Johnston created the W. Grant Johnston International Business Endowment in 2005 to provide support for students participating in international programs through the Poole College of Management. Johnston is vice president for asset management at Formation Capital, LLC. He is responsible for the ongoing management of operating company investments, including investor relations, execution of growth strategies and profit optimization. Johnston’s sister, Jan, and his late father, William, both earned degrees at NC State.


Clifton B. “Clif” Knight Jr., Southampton, NY

Clif Knight earned bachelor’s degrees from the Poole College of Management and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences in 1969 and 1970, respectively. He also earned a law degree from UNC Chapel Hill in 1974 and his MBA from New York University in 1986. Knight is the executive vice president for legal and business affairs at Bookspan LLC with headquarters in New York City. Together with its sister company, Direct Brands, Bookspan is one of the largest direct-to-consumer distributors of media products in the United States. Knight is a member of the NC State Alumni Association and a charter member of the Lonnie Poole Golf Course. As a student, he served as class president and was also a member of Kappa Alpha fraternity. Knight and his wife Raya, live in Southampton, NY and are active in local Long Island philanthropies and charities.


Joy B. Moshakos, Cary, NC

Joy Moshakos graduated summa cum laude with her B.A. in multidisciplinary studies from NC State in 2005. She is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies. Moshakos serves as the vice president of LM Restaurants (LMR), the management company of Carolina Ale House and several other award-winning restaurants in the Southeast, including Bluewater and Oceanic in Wrightsville Beach. Moshakos and her husband, Lou, founded LMR in 1978 and have expanded the company into six states; they founded the Carolina Ale House brand in 1998. In addition, they were named 2014 Restaurateurs of the Year by the North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association. Moshakos is a Lifetime Member of the NC State Alumni Association, and a member of the Chancellor’s Circle and the W.C. Riddick Society. She and her husband have three daughters, two of whom are also NC State alumnae.


V. Sherice Nivens, Matthews, NC

Nevins Sherice Nivens received a B.S. in chemistry from NC State in 1998 and an M.S. in chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2001. At NC State, she was honored with the College of Sciences Medal of Achievement in 2008 and the Alumni Association Outstanding Young Alumna Award in 2012. Nivens is a member of the R.S. Pullen and L.L. Polk lifetime giving societies and a lifetime member of the Alumni Association. She is also a former member of the College of Sciences Alumni Advisory Board. In 2008, Nivens created the Arnater and Viola Nivens Scholarship Endowment, which honors her grandparents and provides scholarship support for academically outstanding undergraduates in the College of Sciences who demonstrate financial need and are members of underrepresented groups. Nivens is the cardiothoracic specialty sales manager for Intuitive Surgical, Inc., a manufacturer of advanced surgical equipment. The company developed the da Vinci Surgical System, a combination of software, hardware and optics that allows doctors to perform robotically aided surgery from a remote console.


David F. Parker, Greensboro, NC

David Parker received his B.S. in industrial engineering from NC State in 1968 and his MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School in 1971. He received the ISE Distinguished Alumni Award from NC State in 2009. He currently serves on the boards of the Investment Fund and the Graduate School and is a member of the Alumni Association and the L. L. Polk Society. He has served as the founding chairman of the Graduate School Board of Advisors and was also vice chairman of the Board of Visitors; he was formerly a volunteer for the Campaign for NC State Student. Parker is a senior advisor at Triangle Capital Corporation, a publicly traded, internally managed business development company; he was a co-founder of Triangle Capital Corporation’s predecessor companies, Triangle Capital Partners, LLC and Triangle Mezzanine Fund LLLP in 2002 and 2003, respectively.


Stuart Phoenix, Raleigh, NC

Stuart Phoenix received his B.S. in engineering science and mechanics and graduated summa cum laude from NC State in 1976. He received his MBA from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1980. In 2016 through the Fenwick Foundation, the Phoenix family made a five-year commitment to the NC State Engineering Foundation to support the building of Engineering Building IV. In 2006, Phoenix established the Phoenix Summer Outreach Endowment to provide scholarships for economically disadvantaged elementary, middle and high school students enrolled in one of the summer outreach programs sponsored by the College of Engineering. Through the Fenwick Foundation, Stuart Phoenix and his brother, Frank Phoenix, established the Phoenix Engineering Endowed Scholarship in 1999 to provide merit scholarships for undergraduate students in the COE. Mr. Phoenix is a longtime member of the NC State Alumni Association and is a member of the C.W. Dabney Lifetime Giving Society. He is the treasurer of the Fenwick Foundation, a non-profit organization located in North Carolina that benefits philanthropy and volunteerism. Mr. Phoenix is chairman emeritus and managing director for FMI Corporation, Inc. and he and his wife, Tricia, have three children.


Brad Remmey, Cornelius, NC

Brad Remmey received his B.A. in history in 1994 from NC State and his MBA from Wake Forest University in 2005. In 2010, Remmey and his wife, Virginia, established the Remmey Family Scholarship Endowment to provide support to junior or senior CHASS students pursuing a degree in history. They also established the Remmey Family Dean’s Scholar Endowment, to assist the Dean in attracting outstanding freshman students to the College of Humanities. He is a former member of the CHASS Dean’s Advisory Board and a current member of the CHASS Campaign Cabinet and the Wolfpack Club. Remmey is a lifetime member of the NC State Alumni Association and a member of the C.W. Dabney Lifetime Giving Society. While a student he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. Remmey is the owner of the Superior Industrial Maintenance Company, Inc., and is the founder and managing partner for Hillsborough Street Capital Partners, LLC. He and his wife have three daughters.


Perry Safran, Raleigh, NC

Bio coming soon.


Sepi Saidi, Raleigh, NC

Sepi Saidi received her B.S. in biological and agricultural engineering in 1985 and her B.S. in civil engineering in 1993 from NC State. Saidi is a former member of the NC State Board of Visitors and a current member of the NC State Alumni Association. Saidi is a member of NC State’s Institute of Emerging Issues Advisory Board where she is chair of the Policy and Programs Committee. Saidi has also recently been nominated by the department of biological and agricultural engineering for its 2016 CALS Outstanding Alumnus Award. While a student, she enjoyed working in D.H. Hill Library. Saidi is the founder, president and CEO of SEPI Engineering & Construction, Inc., a fully integrated civil engineering, environmental planning and design, surveying and construction management firm founded in 2001. SEPI provides a wide variety of services including roadway design, traffic engineering and operations and environmental remediation. Saidi was named one of the Top CEOs of the Year in 2015 by Triangle Business Journal. Saidi is the mother of two grown children.


Steven D. Schuster, Raleigh, NC

Steve Schuster received his bachelor’s degree in environmental design in architecture in 1973 and formerly served as an adjunct faculty member in architecture. As a student, Steve was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. He received the Wings on Wings award from the College of Design (COD) in 2003. He currently serves on the Design Guild Leaders Council and was previously a member of the COD Publications Committee and the COD Architecture Advisory Board. Schuster received his master of architecture from the University of Colorado at Boulder and is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. He is co-founder and principal architect at Clearscapes, a design firm in Raleigh, NC; his work has focused on museums, libraries, visual arts centers, and performing arts theaters. He has served the community through the Raleigh Planning Commission, United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County, Preservation North Carolina, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Raleigh Historic Properties Commission, and Artsplosure. He is married to Mary Anne Howard.


H.G. “Hans” Warren Jr., Charlotte, NC

Hans Warren received his B.A. in civil engineering construction from NC State in 1984. He is the president of Warco Construction, Inc., a Charlotte, NC-based construction company specializing in sprayed fireproofing and commercial interior construction. Warren currently serves as a member of the Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering Industry Advisory Board, having formerly served as a member of its Development Committee. He is also a member of the W. H. Page Society, a lifetime member of the NC State Alumni Association, a charter member of the Lonnie Poole Golf Course and a Wolfpack Club supporter. Warren and his wife, Elizabeth, have four children.


Jeffrey D. Wright, Clyde Hill, WA

wright_1Jeffrey Wright received a B.A. in political science from NC State in 1991. A Naval ROTC student, he went on to serve as an officer in the U.S. Navy from 1991 until 1996. Wright, who received an MBA from the University of Southern California in 2004, has held various positions in the investment banking industry, most recently as managing director at H.C. Wainwright & Co. He retired in June 2015. Wright serves on the Poole College of Management Advisory Board and is a lifetime member of the NC State Alumni Association. In February 2015, he established the Jeffrey D. Wright Scholarship Endowment for undergraduates in the Poole College of Management. The merit-based scholarship gives preference to students who serve or have served in the armed forces or are a dependent of a veteran. Wright has three children and is married to Kelly Breslin Wright.


George L. Worsley Jr., Raleigh, NC
Honorary Director

George Worsley received his B.A. in business administration from UNC Chapel Hill in 1959. After graduation he served as a lieutenant in the US Navy and worked as a CPA for W.P. Greathouse in Rocky Mount. Worsley joined NC State as an accountant in the Contracts and Grants Office in 1963, eventually becoming Assistant Vice Chancellor for Finance in 1971 and Vice Chancellor for Finance and Business in 1976; he retired from this position in 2004. The Alumni Association recognized Worsley in 2003 with the Honorary Alumnus Award for his participation in the life of the university. Worsley currently serves NC State through his membership on the Friends of the Library Board and the Alumni Association Board of Directors. He was formerly a member of the Pulp & Paper Foundation Board, the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences Foundation Board of Directors, the NC State Engineering Foundation Board, the NC Forestry Foundation Board and the ARTS Achieve Campaign Committee. Worsley is a lifetime member of the Alumni Association and is a member of the State Club, the University Club and the W.C. Riddick Society. He and his wife, Reba, have established endowments at NC State to provide scholarship support to undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need.


Robert Boyette, Raleigh, NC
Honorary Director

Robert Boyette received his B.S. in industrial engineering from NC State in 1968 and his MBA from the UNC-Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler Business School in 1970. Boyette is a longtime member of the NC State Alumni Association and is a founding member of the State Club. While a student, Boyette was a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity, the Alpha Pi Mu industrial engineering honor society and was the Interfraternity Council vice president. Boyette has served on the Board of Visitors, the Graduate School Advisory Board and the Friends of the Gregg Board of Directors. He is a charter partner for the Lonnie Poole Golf Course and is also a member of the W.C. Riddick Lifetime Giving Society. Boyette is the co-founder, former president and chairman for Ashland Construction Company, a commercial contractor with a specialization in retail projects. Boyette was member of the NewBridge Bancorp Board of Directors. He and his wife, Mary Charles, have two daughters and five grandchildren.

Samuel S. Shain, San Francisco, CA
Student Philanthropy Director

Samuel is a Park Scholar sophomore at NC State University, pursuing a degree in International Studies with concentrations in Global Sustainability and Development, as well as a triple minor in Business Administration, Nonprofit Studies, and Political Science. He currently serves on the Poole Student Philanthropy Council Board and engages with incoming freshmen as a Poole College of Management Ambassador. Philanthropy has always played a pivotal role in Samuel’s life and has manifested itself in multiple ways, most recently being his appointment to the position of Student Philanthropy Director at NC State, a role he is pioneering. In addition, Samuel is a Big Brother with the national non-profit Big Brothers Big Sisters, serves as a board member on NC State’s Sustainability Fund Advisory Board, and is Co-Chair of Community Involvement for Service Raleigh. In his free time, he dabbles in cooking and traveling the globe.