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 preeminent research 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 2023 Park Faculty Scholars:
Cyndi Edgington, Teaching Assistant Professor, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education
Kanton Reynolds, Teaching Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Programs, Industrial and Systems Engineering

Class of 2022 Park Faculty Scholars:
Steve Greene, Professor, Political Science
Lisa Parks, Teaching Associate Professor, Biological Sciences

Class of 2021 Park Faculty Scholars:
Billy Flowers, William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor, Animal Science
Clifford Griffin, Associate Professor, Political Science

Class of 2020 Park Faculty Scholars:
Jenny Campbell, Teaching Associate Professor, Biological Sciences
John Griggs, Teaching Associate Professor, Mathematics

Park Advisory Committee

The Park Scholarships Advisory Committee provides important counsel to the program’s staff on the scholars’ academic enrichment activities.

  • Lisa Bullard, Chair
    Director of Undergraduate Studies, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
  • Sarah Ash
    Professor Emerita, Nutrition Science
  • Ricky Bloomfield ’02
    Clinical and Health Informatics Lead, Apple and CEO, G-Whizz! Apps
  • Jeff Braden
    Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Sean Cassidy
    Director, University Honors and Scholars Programs
  • Jo-Ann Cohen
    Professor, Mathematics
  • Landra Cunningham ’03
    Senior Marketing Technical Communicator, SAS Institute
  • Mary Elting ’07
    Assistant Professor, Physics
  • George Hess
    Professor, Forestry and Environmental Resources
  • Spencer Johnson ’09
    Technical Staff, MIT Lincoln Laboratory
  • Susan Navey-Davis
    Assistant Department Head for Student Affairs, Foreign Languages and Literatures
  • Lisa Parks
    Teaching Associate Professor, Biological Sciences
  • Melanie Simpson
    Professor and Department Head, Molecular and Structural Biochemistry
  • Shweta Trivedi
    Teaching Associate Professor, Animal Science and Director, VetPAC

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 Emerita, Nutrition Science
  • John Begeny
    Associate Professor, Psychology
  • Brad Davis
    Executive Director, WakeMed Foundation
  • Rosalynn Phan ’19
    Automation Engineer, GlaxoSmithKline
  • Sharene Pierce ‘01
    Vice President of Engineering Carolinas West, Duke Energy
  • Greg Wilson ‘10
    Doctoral Student, Plant Biology
  • Joy Tongsri
    (ex officio) Senior 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
  • Sarah Ash
    Professor Emerita, Nutrition Science
  • Mari Chinn
    Professor, Biological and Agricultural Engineering
  • Clifford Griffin
    Associate Professor, Political Science
  • Michelle Schroeder-Moreno
    Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate  Professor, Agroecology
  • Samuel Slater ‘07
    Treasurer, Park Alumni Society and Attorney, Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton LLP
  • Sarah Ho (ex officio)
    Associate Director, Park Scholarships