KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Alan T. Dickson, a member of the Board of Advisers of the UNC Nutrition Research Institute at the N.C. Research Campus, has made a pledge that will create a $1 million endowment fund at the Research Institute.
Dickson made a joint gift of $666,000 from the Dickson Foundation and Harris Teeter, a subsidiary of Ruddick Corp., which Dickson and his brother, Stuart, built. The gift will be matched with $334,000 from the N.C. Distinguished Professors Endowment Trust.
This gift will create the NRI’s first endowed distinguished professorship, The Dickson Foundation-Harris Teeter Distinguished Professorship in Nutrition. Once fully endowed, this professorship will generate an annual disbursement to support a designated Nutrition Research Institute faculty member and foster scientific discovery.
A Charlotte native, Alan Dickson first visited the institute in Kannapolis in 2010. After a few hours of exploring laboratories and discussing the research facility’s vision with Director Dr. Steven H. Zeisel, he accepted an invitation to serve on its board of advisers.
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