Stokan: Enjoy the Journey!

Chick-Fil-A Bowl President Gary Stokan emailed a note to Pack Pride over the weekend that we believe should be made available for all NC State fans to read.

Chick-Fil-A Bowl President Gary Stokan emailed a note to Pack Pride over the weekend that we believe should be made available for all NC State fans to read.

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I want to express my attitude of gratitude to [the] many fellow Wolfpackers who so passionately expressed their support of myself and of Bobby Purcell during the AD hiring process.

Obviously I don't want to speak for Bobby but your passionate loyalty to North Carolina State is the real reason why the Wolfpack will rise again!

I did want to end some speculation according to some of the posts relating to my having a "poor interview with the Chancellor." I was called to solicit my interest to interview which I gave a positive response and was told to hold some dates and that I would be contacted to schedule. I was not called back and did not interview for the position of AD.

Please, don't misread this other than I am disappointed in the fact that I am a North Carolina State alumnus who not only was a student-athlete who also graduated and coached here but have some distinct perspectives on a nationwide basis of our brand and would have liked to have provided those viewpoints and still hope that I will still have that opportunity.

I wished to represent the North Carolina State Wolfpack family perspective of what I perceived as some relevant issues that we need to address.

I feel positive that the leadership of Chancellor Woodson, who had a clear strategy of what he wanted in the new leadership, selected the best person to fulfill his mission in our new Athletic Director Debbie Yow who I know to be very fiscally responsible, focused, and business-like.

I for one trust in the leadership of Chancellor Woodson and support the new leadership of Debbie Yow just as I believe in the leadership of Sidney Lowe, Tom O'Brien and the other coaches in the Wolfpack program.

My philosophy in business is TEAM. T is for TEAMWORK which we must have.

E is for EMPOWERMENT which everyone on the team is recruited as an expert in their role and they must understand their role, accept their role and then you must let them play their role.

A is for ACCOUNTABILITY which if you accept your role on the team and you are empowered to play that role then you are accountable to the rest of the team to play that role.

M is for MANAGEMENT which we manage the team through establishing SMART (Specific Measureable Achievable Realistic Tangible) goals.

We as Wolfpackers have a role to play on the TEAM and have played it in the past and now we are still Empowered and Accountable to the team to continue to play our role so let us UNITE as part of the TEAM and support the Student-Athletes, coaches, Chancellor Woodson, Athletic Director Debbie Yow and Wolfpack Executive Director Bobby Purcell so that the Wolfpack can achieve success in the ACC and nationally!

Enjoy the journey!

-- Gary Stokan


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