RALEIGH – VF Corporation, a long-time partner with the N.C. State School of Textiles, is expanding its relationship with the university and also will open at office at NCSU’s Centennial Campus.

“VF’s presence on Centennial Campus will create a collaboration space where students, faculty and VF employees can come together to solve challenges and accelerate innovation,” said Dennis Kekas, associate vice chancellor of partnerships and economic development at NC State.

The latest deal also includes NCSU’s Poole College of Management, which will offer supply change management and business analytics expertise capabilities to VF.

Financial terms of the multi-year agreement were not announced.

NCSU and VF, which is based in Greensboro, says the two plan to focus on apparel and textile innovation while also offering more opportunities for VF employees.

“VF is proud to partner with NC State University, one of the world’s top universities and home to the only college in the United States devoted entirely to textiles,” said Steve Rendle, chairman, president and CEO of VF. “Through our shared expertise in research and consumer insights, we aim to stimulate apparel innovation while also developing a consistent pipeline of exceptional leaders for our company.”

The deal:

  • Offer a variety of undergraduate and graduate education and training activities for students within the colleges, including internships, student projects and competitions;
  • Facilitate industry-leading research that will elevate apparel and textile products and experiences;
  • Provide executive education opportunities for VF associates; and,
  • Establish a VF presence on Centennial Campus, NC State’s nationally recognized research campus.

“The addition of VF on campus and the ability of students and faculty from both the College of Textiles and Poole College of Management to work shoulder-to- shoulder with VF personnel will bring new avenues to advance textiles, apparel and footwear,” said David Hinks, dean of the College of Textiles.