Construction on the facility began in 2003 and is scheduled for completion prior to the 2005 football season. This will complete the Wolfpack Club's second phase of Carter-Finley Stadium renovations, helping to accommodate the increasing ticket demand for NC State football games.
NC State Athletic Director Lee Fowler appreciates all Richard has done for the program: "Richard has meant so much to this university through his leadership, dedication, and desire to step up and serve the student-athletes at NC State through his involvement in many campaigns. Once again, the Vaughn Family has proven they are truly great friends of the NC State family."
The Wolfpack Towers project marked the beginning of Phase II of the campaign and is rapidly progressing towards its completion before next football season. Overall, Vaughn Towers will be the home of the new media center, a club level, and two floors of luxury suites. Vaughn Towers will offer state-of-the-art resources for media, game-day operations, and fans as they experience Wolfpack Football. This project will help to meet NC State's ongoing goal of developing one of the nation's premier football programs.
Wolfpack Club Executive Director Bobby Purcell recently commented on the contributions of the Vaughn Family: "Vaughn Towers is the next step in helping make our football program a national championship contender. Not only has the Richard Vaughn family helped make this project a reality with its donation, but Richard has been very instrumental in getting it built through his leadership as President of our Wolfpack Club board of directors, member of the Construction Oversight Committee, and member of the NCSU Board of Trustees. It is fitting that this world class facility is being named after a man who has given so much to NC State University in so many different ways."
Richard Vaughn graduated from NC State with a degree in Nuclear Engineering and currently resides in Mount Airy, North Carolina. Upon completion of college he entered the US Army and earned the rank of First Lieutenant. Following his four years of military service, Richard has been involved in a number of successful business ventures. In addition to becoming CEO of John S. Clark Company, Vaughn has served on the Board of Directors of The North Carolina Granite Corporation, Insteel Industries, Riverside Building Supply Inc., and United Plastics Corporation. Beyond his business affiliation, Richard has always taken time to give back to the community through interaction with NC State University along with local United Way and YMCA Chapters.
"Richard Vaughn is part of a long list of alumni who give back to NC State University," said Interim Chancellor Robert Barnhardt. "They give because they are proud of what the university is today and appreciate how an NC State education changed their lives."
Headquartered in Raleigh, NC, the Wolfpack Club is a non-profit organization that provides scholarship aid for NC State student-athletes. Nearly 8,000 male and female students have received scholarship assistance since the organization was founded in 1936. All gate receipts, television revenue and other income generated by athletics events are used to meet the operating expenses of the 23 varsity sports supported by the Club. Without the generous financial support provided by the more than 18,000 members of the Wolfpack Club, the successful athletics programs at NC State would not be possible.