NC State awarded its highest nonacademic honor to College of Education alumna Judi Grainger during the annual Founders’ Day ceremony and dinner held Monday evening, March 2. Grainger earned her M.Ed in Education from NC State in 1972.
Grainger is currently a member of NC State’s Board of Visitors, the Veterinary Medical Foundation Board of Directors and the State Club Board of Directors. She has also served:
- as officer and secretary of the Centennial Authority
- as president, vice president and secretary of the Alumni Association Board of Directors
- in leadership with the NC State University Foundation, Alumni Association Campaign for Excellence, College of Education Advisory Board, Leadership Advisory Board of Education, Ed/Psych Foundation, Education Achieve Campaign Committee, JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University Official Class Ring Committee, 125th Anniversary Committee and Coalition 2000
Grainger is an honorary lifetime member of the NC State Alumni Association. She and her husband, Frank, are generous members of the C.W. Dabney Lifetime Giving Society and the Wolfpack Club. She has received the Alumni Association Meritorious Service Award and, with her husband, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Outstanding Volunteer award.
“Words are simply inadequate to express what the Watauga Medal means to me,” Grainger said at Founders’ Day. “To be recognized and honored for my involvement with NC State, all of which I have enjoyed and loved so much, is truly gratifying.
“NC State University is among the most productive research universities in the nation, with the most innovative library in the world, and some of the world’s most influential scientists. We are becoming a global engine for food production and safety; we are saving the lives of humans and animals; and we are advancing education innovation, clean energy, marine science, biotechnology and cures for cancer. There is very little that NC State does not do. This is why I am proud, and feel privileged, to give back.”