The Program Community

The Park Scholarships program is very much a part of NC State, with all the benefits of a small community and the resources of a large, Research I university. Talented faculty and community leaders serve in various capacities to assist and guide the Park Scholars.

Park Faculty Scholars

The Park Faculty Scholars provide academic enrichment for class-related activities. They have four areas of responsibility in working with the Park Scholarships program:

  • To monitor and guide class enrichment activities, including the Learning Laboratories;
  • To provide the class with an overview of its group responsibilities;
  • To advise students individually and as a group on academic issues; and
  • To interact with Park Scholarships administrators, serving as communicators to and for both class activities and individual Park Scholars.

Class of 2019 Park Faculty Scholars:
Sarah Ash, Professor and Undergraduate Coordinator, Nutrition Science
George Hess, Professor, Forestry and Environmental Resources

Class of 2018 Park Faculty Scholars:
Lisa Bullard, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Andy Fox, Assistant Professor, Landscape Architecture

Class of 2017 Park Faculty Scholars:
Allison McCulloch, Associate Professor, Mathematics Education
Bob Patterson, Alumni Distinguished Professor, Crop Science

Class of 2016 Park Faculty Scholars:
Derek Aday, Professor, Applied Ecology
James Kiwanuka-Tondo, Associate Professor, Communication

Park Advisory Committee

Members of the Park Advisory Committee for 2014-2015 (L to R): Abhinav Gupta, Jocelyn Taliaferro (Chair), Keith Fishburne, Kristin Murphy, Derek Aday, Bill Swallow, Jo-Ann Cohen

Members of the Park Advisory Committee for 2014-2015 (L to R): Abhinav Gupta, Jocelyn Taliaferro (Chair), Keith Fishburne, Kristin Murphy, Derek Aday, Bill Swallow, Jo-Ann Cohen

The Park Scholarships Advisory Committee provides important counsel to the director on the scholars’ academic enrichment activities. The committee comprises faculty, community leaders, and Park Scholar and NC State alumni.

  • Derek Aday, Chair
    Professor, Applied Ecology and Assistant Director of Academic Programs, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Albert Blackmon ’08
    Director of Business Development, ERI and President, Park Alumni Society
  • Lisa Bullard
    Director of Undergraduate Studies, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Jo-Ann Cohen
    Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, College of Sciences
  • Keith Fishburne
    President and Chief Executive Officer, Special Olympics North Carolina
  • Abhinav Gupta
    Associate Professor, Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering and Director, Center for Nuclear Power Plant Structures, Equipment, and Piping
  • David Hinks
    Interim Dean, College of Textiles, Cone Mills Professor, Textile Chemistry and Director, Forensic Sciences Institute
  • Kristin Murphy
    Associate Director of Organizational Development, PAREXEL
  • Neal Robbins ’01
    Publisher, North State Media
  • Greg Sawicki
    Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering
  • Larry Silverberg
    Professor and Associate Head & Director of Undergraduate Programs, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
  • Bill Swallow
    Professor Emeritus, Statistics

Service Advisory Committee

The Park Scholarships Service Advisory Committee provides guidance to the Park Scholarships staff in the planning and evaluation of the sophomore year Civic Engagement Initiatives. The committee comprises Park Scholars, community leaders, and faculty.

  • Sarah Ash
    Professor and Undergraduate Coordinator, Nutrition Science, NC State
  • Natalie Cooke ’10
    Postdoctoral Teaching Scholar, Food, Bioprocessing & Nutrition Sciences and Program Director, A PACKed Kitchen, NC State University
  • Brad Davis
    Executive Director, WakeMed Foundation
  • Kristin Murphy
    Associate Director of Organizational Development, PAREXEL
  • Sharene Pierce ’01
    Manager of Grid Management, Duke Energy Corporation
  • Thomas Pulliam ’16
  • Greg Wilson ’10
    Environmental Sciences Advisor, Exploratory Studies, NC State
  • Joy Tongsri (ex officio)
    Associate Director, Park Scholarships

Park Enrichment Grant Committee

The Park Enrichment Grant Committee reviews proposals and awards funding for Park Enrichment Grants and Park Alumni Society Study Abroad Travel Stipends.

  • Gerald Elkan, Chair
    Professor Emeritus, Microbiology
  • Andrea Arnold
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Mathematics
  • Mari Chinn
    Associate Professor, Biological and Agricultural Engineering
  • Clifford Griffin
    Associate Professor, Political Science
  • Tiffany Kershner
    Coordinator, Distinguished Scholarships and Fellowships and Adjunct Teaching Assistant Professor, Anthropology
  • Jessica Rotenberg ’07
    Treasurer, Park Alumni Society; Owner, Jess Rotenberg Photography
  • Michelle Schroeder-Moreno
    Assistant Professor, Crop Science
  • Sarah Ho (ex officio)
    Assistant Director, Park Scholarships