Deese Gives $1 Million To Support N.C. A&T Alzheimer’s Research, Student Success, Athletics Joy  Cook
North Carolina A&T
State University alumnus and retired pharmaceutical executive Willie A. Deese is generously giving back to his alma mater, once again, in ways that will provide critical, immediate and
on going support for research, student success and athletics.   Deese’s $1 million gift will be split five ways in areas of need and opportunity across the university. The 1977 graduate of the School of Business and  Economics (now a college), is a strong supporter of N.C. A&T and a true believer in investing in its mission. Deese, who retired in June after 12 years as a senior executive of Merck and Co., Inc.,   a pharmaceutical and health solutions company (known outside the United States as MSD), has long been one of the university’s most passionate and deeply involved alumni. Combined with his previous gifts, his overall financial support totals more than $4 million. COAACH Founder Dr. Goldie Byrd now Director of Maya Angelou Center of Health Equity at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.   NC A&T Undergraduate Research:  Using Technology to Predict and Track Agitation in Persons with Dementia

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