Prominent Leaders Ask Community to Support Wake Tech

March 22nd, 2012





Bill Atkinson, Frank Holding, Jr. to Lead “The Ripple Effect” Campaign

RALEIGH, N.C. (March 21, 2012) - Some of the Triangle’s best-known business leaders are spearheading an effort to raise private financial support for Wake Technical Community College. Bill Atkinson, President and CEO of WakeMed Health and Hospitals, Frank Holding, Jr., Chairman and CEO of First Citizens Bank, and Jim Perry, Chairman of Waste Industries and current Chair of the Wake Tech Board of Trustees will co-chair the multi-million dollar major gifts campaign, dubbed “The Ripple Effect.” Other prominent leaders in the group include six former chairs of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce. 

The Ripple Effect campaign is a response to record-breaking enrollment at Wake Tech and increased demand for the many training programs and educational options the college offers. The initial goal is to raise $10 million.

“Wake Tech’s growth only accelerates as times get tougher,” says Wake Tech President Dr. Stephen Scott. “It’s central to our mission to provide the training that helps people improve their lives, while providing a skilled workforce for our region.”

“Because of Wake Tech,” WakeMed CEO Bill Atkinson says, “local health care providers are able to staff their hospitals and practices with top-notch nurses, lab technicians, radiographers, and other allied health care workers. These professionals are absolutely vital to the health of the community and local citizens can be assured of quality care.”

“The past three years have dealt a blow to this community and the economy,” says Frank Holding, Jr., Chairman and CEO of First Citizens Bank. “Wake Tech is positioned to take a lead role to putting people back to work.”

The Ripple Effect Cabinet includes:

Dr. Bill Atkinson, President and CEO, WakeMed Health and Hospitals
Frank Holding, Jr., Chairman and CEO, First Citizens Bank
Jim Perry, Chairman, Waste Industries
Phil Zachary, President and COO, Curtis Media Group
Fred Day, Former President and CEO, Progress Energy Carolinas
Jack Clayton, Regional President, Wells Fargo
Jim Cain, Former U.S. Ambassador and Counsel,
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, LLP
Laura Bingham, Former President, Peace College
Ron Wainwright, Partner, Cherry, Bekaert & Holland, L.L.P
Elizabeth Clay-Bradley, Former financial advisor, Wachovia Securities
Diane Adams, Executive VP, Allscripts
Chris Angel, Managing Partner, Sparians
Doug Baker, CSO, Surya
Tom Bradshaw, Former Raleigh mayor and former NC Transportation Secretary
Clymer Cease, Principal, Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee
Frank Daniels, Jr., Retired President and Publisher, News & Observer
Rodney Gaddy, VP, Progress Energy
Brenda Gibson, Civic leader
Gary Greene, President and CEO, Greene Resources
Paige Hamp, Community Relations Manager, Allscripts
Clyde Holt, Partner, Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP
Darlene Johns, Founder, Alphanumeric Systems
Tom Looney, VP and General Manager North America, Lenovo
John McKinney, Alfred Williams and Company
Doyle Parrish, President, Summit Hospitality
Orage Quarles III, President and Publisher, News & Observer
Tom Rabon, Chairman, New Kind, Inc.
Billie Redmond, CEO, Coldwell Banker Comm. TradeMark Properties
Gary Salamido, VP, NC Chamber of Commerce
Kari Stoltz, Triangle Market President, Bank of America
David Strong, President, Rex Healthcare
Jimmy Talton, Senior VP, CAPTRUST
Steve Thanhauser, CEO, The Angus Barn
Katherine Thomas, Manager NC Economic Development, Progress Energy
Ed Turlington, Partner, Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard
Doug Vinsel, President, Duke Raleigh Hospital
Smedes York, Chairman, York Properties/McDonald York
Brad Wilson, President and CEO, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NC

“We’re extremely encouraged by - and grateful for - the support of community leaders who have committed to Wake Tech’s campaign,” says Dr. Scott. The Ripple Effect will support student success, including scholarships and mentoring initiatives; faculty and staff innovation, including benchmarking and leadership grants; and technology, to keep training relevant and up-to-date.

“Through education,” Dr. Scott says, “Wake Tech graduates improve their lives and the lives of their families and communities - that’s a ‘ripple effect’ that ultimately fuels economic growth for the entire region.”

The campaign will continue throughout 2012 and culminate with Wake Tech’s 50th anniversary celebration in 2013. Investors may make gifts in the form of cash, securities, personal property, and planned gifts of many types. To find out more, visit or contact

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