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Distinguished Alumni

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Nov 8, 2021

Clare Jordan Named 2021 Distinguished Alumna

For 28 years, Clare Jordan has been working with nonprofits and sharing the joy of generosity, earning her special recognition for alumni of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. 

headshot of Robert Rader

Nov 30, 2020

Judge Robert Rader Named 2020 Distinguished Alumnus

Rader recently retired as Chief District Court judge after 26 years on the bench — making him the longest serving District Court judge in Wake County history. 

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Nov 22, 2019

Jane Rogers: Supporting Students’ Leadership Potential

Jane Rogers mentors and supports students in countless ways. Meet the Humanities and Social Sciences 2019 Distinguished Alumna. 

Jess Ekstrom

Dec 4, 2017

NC State’s Outstanding Young Alumna: Jess Ekstrom

NC State's Alumni Association names and celebrates an outstanding young alumnus each year during the university's Evening of Stars gala. Jess Ekstrom (communication '13), founder of Headbands of Hope, earned the honor for 2017. 

Therese Fowler

Jul 12, 2017

Therese Fowler Named 2017 Distinguished Alumna

Novelist Therese Fowler (MFA '05) has earned the top award for alumni of NC State's College of Humanities and Social Sciences. 

Jan 4, 2016

Filmmaker Documents America’s First Forest

As a child, Paul Bonesteel relished opportunities to learn about the past. Today, the filmmaker and NC State communication alumnus is helping educate others by documenting important stories from the 20th century. 

Aug 23, 2010

Humanities and Social Sciences Alumni: Benny Suggs

Ralph "Benny" E. Suggs (Psy '69), Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy (ret.) and general manager of the Harley Owners Group (HOG) and Rider Services at Harley-Davidson Motor Co., is now executive director of the NC State Alumni Association. Suggs was the CHASS 2006 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year. He has also served on the General Hugh Shelton Leadership Initiative Board of Advisors at the university for the past eight years. 

Aug 23, 2010

Humanities and Social Sciences Alumni: Burley Mitchell

Burley Mitchell (Political Science, ’66), a former Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court, has used what he learned in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences throughout his illustrious career. But in Mitchell’s opinion, Humanities and Social Sciences doesn't just prepare you for a career — it also prepares you for citizenship