Lupold Establishes Endowment to Honor Mentors

Natural Resources' Dean Mary Watzin with donor, Mac Lupold

Natural Resources’ Dean Mary Watzin with donor, Mac Lupold, on Signing Day

The College of Natural Resources at NC State University is honored to announce the establishment of the Hugh McColl Lupold Mentors Endowment in the College of Natural Resources.  The endowment recognizes three mentors, Bill Milliken, Cal Colvin, and Dale Wright, who coached and encouraged Lupold through his working career.

Lupold credits Milliken, Colvin and Wright with strong support throughout his career and established this endowment in recognition of their contributions to forestry and wood products and to his success.  “Mac,” as he is commonly referred, is a Forest Products Consultant (Lupold Consulting) in Camden, SC specializing in wood supply, mill audits, sales and marketing. 

Lupold is a 1959 alum of the Forestry program at NC State University.  While enrolled here, he was a member of 30&3, Blue Key, Golden Chain, student government and president of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. 

He was president of the National Particleboard Association, received the College of Natural Resources Distinguished Alumni Award in 2005 and has served on numerous boards of affiliated forestry associations.  At NC State he chaired the NC Forestry Foundation, the Wood Products Task Force, the College of Natural Resources’ Achieve! Campaign and other efforts.

Merit-based awards will be made from this endowment to a rising junior in the College of Natural Resources who has demonstrated leadership potential, who is an aspiring entrepreneur, with preference to students interested in wood products manufacturing and other forest products activity.   Awards will be for one academic year and may be renewed based on specific criteria being met.

A.G. Raymond Forest Products Scholarship Established

Arthur G. Raymond, Jr.

Arthur G. Raymond, Jr.

Arthur G. Raymond, Jr. (Art), a 1969 alumnus of the College of Natural Resources, established the A.G.  Raymond Forest Products Scholarship Endowment in the fall of 2012 to provide need-based undergraduate scholarships for Wood Products students in NC State University’s Department of Forest Biomaterials

Having headed his own consulting firm specializing in wood products manufacturing and currently serving as Senior Vice President of Hooker Furniture, Art understands the importance of combining knowledge driven science with sound business practices to create usable, sustainable products for the consumer in the global market.

Art is an avid NC State supporter serving since 2002 on the NC State Natural Resources Foundation Board of Directors on the Executive Committee, Budget Committee and Chair of the Development Committee. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the College of Natural Resources and has served as a guest lecturer in Industrial Engineering, as well as, an active member of both the NC State Alumni Association and the Wolfpack Club. 

This endowment will be used to provide need-based undergraduate scholarships for wood products students in the College of Natural Resources.  Awards will be for one academic year and may be renewable based on specific criteria being met.

About the Department of Forest Biomaterials
NC State University’s Department of Forest Biomaterials (FB) is home to a nationally recognized wood products program with a long history of supporting wood manufacturing industries, sustainable housing and their surrounding communities and to one of the oldest and most respected paper science and engineering programs in the world. We also support a fast-growing forest biomaterials and bioenergy area, which examines the production of novel biomass resources, and develops the chemical science and engineering technology for the sustainable production of materials and energy.

The department pursues interdisciplinary teaching, research and extension activities. Our approach recognizes the scientific and engineering principles driving each area of study as well as applicable technology and business skills. Our programs also examine and acknowledge the broader sustainability issues that affect industries operating in these fields, including the financial, management and social components. All of our programs emphasize hands-on learning that identify solutions to real-world problems and developing futuristic products and environmentally friendly processes.


Public Furniture Project Webinar Offered

The Public Furniture Research Project will host a project webinar on Tuesday, February 26th, 2013 at noon Eastern time to discuss the results of this project that is directed to learning how local governments and school districts buy furniture and furnishings in an effort to support the growth of sales of wood products by these public entities.

Local governments and school districts currently are buying little locally made wood products for classrooms and government buildings.  This project interviewed twenty purchasing departments in West Virginia, North and South Carolina to learn what issues are important for buyers of public furniture and how the wood products industry can better serve this important market.

More information about the webinar can be found at the project website at  Webinars are interactive discussions with a PowerPoint slide show and comments by moderators and participants.  Participants can communicate via microphones and text chatting.

There is no charge to participate in the webinar.  A recording of the webinar will be available on the project website after the webinar is completed.

Harry Watt of NC State University’s Wood Products Extension Program is the project leader for the USDA USFS Public Furniture Research Project.

This research project is sponsored by the Princeton Forestry Sciences Lab in Princeton, WV and the Wood Products Extension Department at North Carolina State University.

For more information contact:
Harry Watt- email:, cell 704-880-5034.

The work upon which this project is based is funded through a grant awarded by the  Princeton Forestry Sciences Lab in Princeton, West Virginia, which is part of the Northern Research Station of the USDA Forest Service.