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Past Chancellor’s Circle Co-Chairs

Rick and Linda Elmore, 2016-2017

Loyal donors to their alma mater, Rick and Linda Elmore served as the 2016-17 Chancellor’s Circle co-chairs.

Rick, who earned a bachelor’s degree from the College of Textiles in 1992, received scholarships as an upperclassman. Linda, who earned a bachelor’s degree from the College of Education in 1991, was a scholarship recipient of the North Carolina Teaching Fellows program.

A desire to create similar opportunities for current and future NC State students led the Elmores to establish the Robert W. Elmore Textile Scholarship, which is named in memory of Rick’s father and provides support for students in the College of Textiles.

Kelley and David Wilber, 2015-2016

Kelley Wilber ’03 Natural Resources and Engineering and David Wilber ’01 Humanities and Social Sciences, served as the 2015-16 Chancellor’s Circle co-chairs.

“We often talk about how we can give back to NC State for all that this great university and the people here have given us. We’re blessed to be in a position to give because of what NC State did for us, and we want to help provide similar opportunities for today’s students. That’s why we decided to join the Chancellor’s Circle.”

Deborah and Alan Menius, 2014-2015

Deborah Menius ’91 CHASS MPA and Alan Menius ’84 Sciences, the 2014-15 Chancellor’s Circle co-chairs, were excited to serve as ambassadors for leadership giving at NC State.

Deborah and Alan are passionate members of the NC State community and were thrilled when their daughter, Allison, ’16, chose NC State and became a Park Scholar. Alan has served on the College of Sciences Board of Directors since 2011. Deborah and Alan enjoy cheering on the Pack at football games, sailing, skiing and watching their son, Ryan, a high school freshman, play soccer.

“We believe that NC State is a great institution that is only getting better, and the trajectory is elevated by the support of generous leadership donors. We are honored to have a role in its forward momentum.”

Nan and Leighton Strader, 2013-2014

Nan Strader ’82 CHASS and her husband, Leighton, served as the 2013-14 Chancellor’s Circle co-chairs.

Nan has served on the NC State University Foundation Board since 2006. She currently chairs the Nominations Committee and is a member of the Executive Committee. Nan is also a founding member of The State Club and a lifetime member of the NC State Alumni Association.

Nan and Leighton are principals of Virginia Ventures, LLC, a financial business advisory firm they founded in 2002. Their firm specializes in investment management diagnostics and evaluation, and generously dedicates a portion of gross revenues each year to nonprofit organizations.

The Straders are enthusiastic in their support of NC State. “We are excited about the outstanding achievements of NC State students and alumni. Through annual membership in the Chancellor’s Circle, we join over 3,200 NC State supporters who share our vision to enhance national and international recognition of this grand university and ensure the future of its success.”

Jon and Jolie Rufty, 2012-2013

Jon Rufty ’77 Management and his wife, Jolie, were the 2012-13 Chancellor’s Circle co-chairs.

Jon is a member of the Poole College of Management Dean’s Advisory Board and is a charter partner at the Lonnie Poole Golf Course. In 2011, Jon was recognized as Poole College of Management Alumnus of the Year and received the Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award. Jon is president and owner of Rufty Homes Inc., a residential construction company specializing in building and remodeling fine custom homes throughout North Carolina for 23 years. Their focus is working with owners to deliver timeless quality, attention to detail, energy efficiency, green building, sustainability and health-conscious construction.

The Ruftys are passionate and active supporters of NC State. “Supporting NC State is deeply rewarding to us. We want to be a catalyst for the university and help it achieve an even higher level of excellence.”