A Lifetime of Philanthropy

A man of unrivaled philanthropy and devotion to NC State, Lonnie C. Poole, Jr., has given generously of both his time and resources in service to his alma mater – a history of philanthropy highlighted by today’s gift of $40 million.

For eleven years, from 1997-2008, Poole provided extraordinary counsel and leadership as a member of the NC State University Foundation Board of Directors. As Chair, he was influential in strengthening the Foundation by bringing some of the University’s foundations under its umbrella.

He also is credited with having encouraged and brought other NC State foundations into the NC State Investment Fund. Today, NC State’s investment pool is significantly stronger thanks to his leadership.

Poole continues to serve the University as a member of the Endowment Fund Board. Poole is a member of the W. J. Peele Lifetime Giving Society, which honors lifetime gift support of $1,000,000 or more in outright gifts or irrevocable planned gifts, as well as the R.S. Pullen Society, which honors those who support NC State with deferred gifts.

He has served faithfully on the NC State Engineering Foundation Board, CHASS Dean’s Advisory Board, Humanities Foundation Board as well as the Park Scholar Selection Committee, helping to identify NC State students who excel in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character.

In 2009, Poole was named the recipient of the Jerry & Elizabeth Godwin Red Torch Award, given in appreciation of individuals or families that have volunteered with distinction to further the mission of the NC State University Foundation. This award recognizes contributions of expertise, counsel, and resources.

A year earlier, Poole received the Watauga Medal – NC State’s highest non-academic honor, and one established in 1975 by the Board of Trustees to honor people who have made significant contributions to the advancement of the university.

“It has been my pleasure to serve with Lonnie, where I have witnessed his dedication and leadership to our great university,” said Paul Michaels, a member of the NC State Foundation Board. “Years ago, Lonnie played a key role in bringing CHASS under the umbrella of the foundation and without a doubt, that encouraged other colleges to follow suit.”

Poole’s efforts to serve beyond the borders of NC state’s campus have proven to have had a similar impact. A former chair and president of the Occoneechee Council of the Boy Scouts of America, he currently serves as a regional director for the organization. An Eagle Scout in 1951, Poole would receive the Scouts’ Silver Beaver award more than 50 years later – in recognition of his outstanding community service for more than five decades.

In 2009, Poole was named Triangle Business Journal‘s 2009 Legacy Award winner, given to individuals over 50 years old who have positively impacted the communities around them.

Along with his wife, Carol, Poole provided a earlier, additional naming gift for the Lonnie Poole Golf Course, which opened in Summer 2009 to rave reviews. In combination with today’s $40 million donation– the largest gift in NC State University history – the Poole family, the Lonnie & Carol Poole Family Foundation, the Waste Industries Foundation and Waste Industries, USA have given more than $43.6 million dollars to NC State.

In addition, both Lonnie and Carol Poole are honorary lifetime members of the NC State Alumni Association.

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