North Carolina A&T State University alumnus and former chairman of the Board of Trustees, Willie Deese ’77

DEESE RECEIVES INAUGURAL 1890 UNIVERSITIES CAREER EXEMPLAR AWARD FROM APLU

During the annual meeting on Nov. 15, the Association of Public & Land Grant Universities (APLU) presented North Carolina A&T State University alumnus and former chairman of the Board of Trustees, Willie Deese ’77, with the 1890 Universities Career Exemplar Award.

The award recognizes alumni from the 19 historically black land-grant universities who have made outstanding advancements in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and/or related careers and have achieved excellence in navigating their career pathway and providing mentorship to other traditionally underrepresented students pursuing similar career pathways.

The awardees were nominated by their alma maters and evaluated on their commitment to institution, individual achievement, civic engagement and impact in providing access, opportunities and mentorship to current students and new alumni.

In a letter to Deese, APLU president M. Peter McPherson said Deese’s “professional and personal contributions exemplify the importance of broadened access and opportunity which the Second Morrill Act helped realize and the mission of your undergraduate alma mater embodies.”

“APLU proudly acknowledges the significance of your contributions in your distinguished careers and for generating pathways for others,” McPherson said.

Deese is the executive vice president and president of the Merck Manufacturing Division with responsibility for Merck’s worldwide manufacturing operations. He manages a network of more than 80 manufacturing and distribution sites with approximately 26,000 employees in more than 25 countries around the world.

Deese graduated from N.C. A&T with a B.A. in business administration in 1977. He earned his M.B.A. from Western New England College in 1983.