Name: Cres Wilson Calabrese
Current job title: Chief Strategy Officer
Company: Piedmont Chemical Industries
Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Textile Chemistry
Graduation Year(s): 1989
Talk a little about the North Carolina Textile Foundation and what it means to be a member.
As a newcomer, I am extremely excited about being a part of this organization which is vital to the
success of the Wilson College of Textiles. The Foundation provides not only funding but direction, support, and
continued development strategies for the College, which are all essential in ensuring that it attracts top-tier
faculty and produces outstanding graduates.
What inspires you to give your time and treasure to the Wilson College of Textiles and
North Carolina Textile Foundation?
It is an honor to be able to give to an establishment that promotes the textile industry through
education, innovation, and industry support. It feels good to give back to a school that has given so much to my
family and me. Our education here has provided us with skills and contacts that have been vital to our ability to
maintain a successful family owned and operated business for over 80 years.
What do you see in the future for the Wilson College of Textiles?
The sky’s the limit! There is so much talent and passion here that the possibilities are endless. With the
current leadership and Board support, I truly believe that great things are going to happen. The Wilson College
of Textiles is a national leader and has the ability to provide top-notch education to all types of students,
enhance industry relationships and support, and continue to make major advancements in research and