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 pre-eminent 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, Teaching, 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 director on the scholars’ academic enrichment activities. The committee comprises faculty, community leaders, and Park Scholar and NC State alumni.

  • Lisa Bullard, Chair
    Director of Undergraduate Studies, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
  • 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
    Assistant Professor, Physics
  • George Hess
    Professor, Forestry and Environmental Resources
  • Spencer Johnson ’09
    Technical Staff, MIT Lincoln Laboratory
  • Kathy Krawczyk
    Dixon Hughes Professor, Accounting and Director, Master of Accounting Program
  • 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.

  • John Begeny
    Associate Professor, Psychology
  • Natalie Cooke ‘10
    Teaching Assistant Professor and Coordinator, Undergraduate Nutrition Program, and Program Director, A PACKed Kitchen
  • Brad Davis
    Executive Director, WakeMed Foundation
  • Kristin Murphy
    Vice President for Market Strategy and Research, Ellucian
  • Sharene Pierce ‘01
    General Manager, Duke Energy
  • Greg Wilson ‘10
    Doctoral Student, Plant Biology
  • 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
  • Mari Chinn
    Professor, Biological and Agricultural Engineering
  • Clifford Griffin
    Associate Professor, Political Science
  • Tiffany Kershner
    Director, Fellowship Advising Office and Adjunct Teaching Assistant Professor, Anthropology
  • 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)
    Senior Assistant Director, Park Scholarships