N.C. State University will rename its textile college following a $28 million donation, the largest in the program’s 119-year history.
On Friday, Chancellor Randy Woodson announced that the college will now be called the Wilson College of Textiles, in honor of the family of alumnus Frederick Eugene Wilson Jr., a business owner from High Point.
The gift from the Wilsons will be invested in an endowment to provide ongoing support for faculty, research and facilities for the only textile college remaining in the United States, according to the university.
Fred Wilson is is chairman of the board of his family-owned business, Piedmont Chemical Industries, Inc., based in High Point. The company historically made textile chemicals that used yarn and fabric. The business was started in 1938 by Wilson’s father when the textile business was thriving in North Carolina.