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CALS alumnus named to Central Indiana Business Hall of Fame

February 10, 2009

North Carolina State University alumnus and Nash County native Bill Culpepper Jr. will be inducted on Feb. 19 into the 2009 Central Indiana Business Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame was established in 1989 by Junior Achievement of Central Indiana Inc. "to honor the champions of free enterprise and to present business role models from the past and present to the youth of our community," according to the Hall of Fame press release announcing the 2009 laureates.

Culpepper, a 1966 graduate of the NC State Department of Crop Science, is president and CEO of SePRO Corporation, an agrichemical company based outside Indianapolis, Ind. SePRO makes the leading brand of aquatic herbicide for selective treatment of invasive and nuisance plants.

After graduating from NC State, Culpepper worked as a representative of Eli Lilly and Company. He founded SePRO in 1993. In addition to products for aquatic weed management, SePRO also markets specialty products for the turf, nursery and ornamentals industry. Other business ventures owned by SePRO include ReMetrix, an environmental mapping company, and ParaPRO LLC, a start-up pharmaceutical company.

Culpepper is chairman of the board of directors of the North Carolina Agricultural and Life Sciences Research Foundation, based in the NC State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and served as a campaign co-chair for the NC State University Achieve! Campaign.

In 2005, he was awarded the college's Outstanding Alumnus Award. Culpepper also serves on the boards of industry and community organizations, including Responsible Industry for Sound Environment (RISE) and Crop Life America (CLA), the industry's leading trade association dedicated to supporting responsible stewardship of agrichemical products and promoting the health and well-being of people and the environment.

Culpepper will be inducted into the Central Indiana Business Hall of Fame, along with four other laureates, in a black-tie awards dinner and ceremony in Indianapolis on Feb. 19.

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Posted by Suzanne at February 10, 2009 03:11 PM