North Carolina A&T State University Names Its College of Business and Economics

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro has announced that will name its College of Business and Economics after Willie A. Deese. This is the first time that a person has been used in a college’s name at the university.

“I consider (the naming) an honor, but it’s not something I sought,” Deese said, noting his gift “represents an enduring commitment to supporting the College of Business and Economics steeped in the support, commitment and dedication I saw its leaders demonstrate to my generation, allowing us to participate in corporate America in a meaningful way. Just as the door of opportunity was opened to us, I have a responsibility to make sure those doors remain open in a contemporary way.”

Deese is a 1977 graduate of North Carolina A&T. He went on to earn an MBA at Western New England College. Deese had a 40-year career in the pharmaceutical industry, retiring as global president of manufacturing for Merck & Co.

Over the years, Deese has contributed nearly $10 million to the university, including a recent gift of $5 million to the College of Business and Economics. The money will be used for scholarships, department chairs, fellowships and program offerings. Earlier, an endowed scholarship fund was established in his name.

“Willie’s generosity to our alma mater has inspired a new generation of alumni to give back to this great institution and impact the lives of tomorrow’s leaders,” Chancellor Harold L. Martin Sr. said.


Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Get the JBHE Weekly Bulletin

Receive our weekly email newsletter delivered to your inbox

Latest News

Black Film Project and Film Studies Fellowships Established at Harvard University

Henry Louis Gates Jr., professor and director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University, will direct the newly established Black Film Project, an initiative aiming to support independent films focusing on Black history and culture.

Higher Education Grants or Gifts of Interest to African Americans

Here is this week’s news of grants or gifts to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

Yale Library Acquires Digital Collection of Langston Hughes Papers

In a recent December upload, the Yale University Library added a collection of papers from Black poet Langston Hughes to the school's online archive. The collection contains correspondence between Hughes and other authors and civil rights activists of his time.

Academic Fields Where Blacks Earned Few or No Doctoral Degrees in 2022

In 2022, African Americans earned 1.2 percent of all mathematics and statistics doctorates, 1.2 percent of all doctorates in computer science, 1.7 percent of all doctorates in chemistry, and only 1.7 percent of all doctorates awarded in engineering disciplines.

Featured Jobs