Fayetteville State University (FSU) alumnus Nicholas Perkins continues to make history when it comes to giving back to his alma mater. Two years ago, Perkins made a $100,000 donation to FSU, making his gift one of the largest by an individual in the university’s rich history. Today, Chancellor James A. Anderson announced Perkins has made a $1 million gift to FSU in support of the $25 million “Campaign for Fayetteville State University: From a Proud Legacy to a 21st Century University.”
“Through this generous donation and his previous support of Fayetteville State University, Nicholas Perkins continues to demonstrate his loyalty, love, and commitment to this great institution,” Anderson said. “This historical gift speaks volumes of his desire to see this institution flourish and function at the highest levels. On behalf of the students of FSU who will be the recipients of his generosity, I thank him for his dedication to this university. He is the epitome of a Bronco and is a shining example of someone who gives back to the institution that has been so instrumental in his personal and professional development.”
Perkins is a 2003 graduate of FSU and president and founder of Perkins Management Services Company. In October 2012, he made a donation in the amount of $100,000 to FSU’s internationally recognized School of Business and Economics. The money is being used to train young entrepreneurs. His most recent gift, Perkins said, is in response to the financial difficulties many historically black colleges and universities across the country are facing. He said he wanted to do his part in making sure that FSU continues to thrive.
“It is critically important that individuals support historically black institutions financially,” Perkins said. “While there are corporations and individuals with greater resources than I, I have made a personal commitment to support the education of underserved students that are seeking to advance in society. My planned gift demonstrates my faith in and commitment to Fayetteville State University and its mission. Although this gift will be most beneficial at my expiration, the need for continued support for our community will remain.”
Getchel L. Caldwell, Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement at FSU, said as a result of Perkins’ generosity, the university has reached its goal of $9 million during the first phase of the “Campaign for FSU.”
“I can’t say enough about Mr. Perkins and his support for his alma mater,” Caldwell said. “His continued support of this university shows that he appreciates the education afforded him by FSU, and it shows that he wants to see the university prosper and continue to grow. Because of Mr. Perkins and his commitment, we are able to continue the momentum of the first phase of the campaign into the second phase. “
Perkins Management Services Company, whose principal office is based in Charlotte, N.C., was established in 2005 by Perkins with the commitment to deliver quality food services management to the federal government, historically black colleges and universities, and commercial clients. Perkins’ passion for food began in the humble kitchen of his grandmother Mrs. Laurene W. Perkins, whose innate –soulful cooking ability was displayed daily in skillful meal preparation. Cast in her symbolic shadow was her grandson whose curiosity and love of her cooking fostered his interest not only in how to prepare these palate-pleasing entrees but how to share them with others.
FSU is a constituent institution of The University of North Carolina and the second-oldest public institution of higher education in the state. FSU offers nearly 60 degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels. With nearly 6,000 students, Fayetteville State University is among the most diverse institutions in the nation.
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