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Wilson College Welcomes Carrie Bhada, New Executive Director of the North Carolina Textile Foundation

Carrie Bhada

Carrie Bhada has joined the NC State Wilson College of Textiles as the new executive director of the North Carolina Textile Foundation (NCTF).

“I’m excited to join the NC Textile Foundation, the Wilson College of Textiles and NC State and to get to know all the people who make these organizations so wonderful,” she said. “Fundraising is rewarding, and I’m very much inspired by the mission and opportunity to help support the limitless potential of the COT through philanthropic support. Fundraising fuels innovation and growth and I enjoy the process of connecting donors and faculty to achieve their shared goals.”

Bhada brings a depth of experience to the role, including 17 years working to advance the goals of national non-profits, healthcare organizations and institutes of higher education. She has comprehensive fundraising and management experience, and has raised millions of dollars on behalf of these organizations over the years. Her efforts and those of her teams have resulted in the establishment of scholarships and endowed chairs and provided funding for capital projects.

“The NCTF board of directors is very excited to have Carrie joining us,” said Ellen Rohde, NCTF interim president. “Her deep knowledge of professional fundraising and nonprofit development work will be the perfect fit with the strong knowledge and experience the board has of the College and textile industry.”

In her most recent role as vice president for Institutional Advancement at St. Joseph’s College (New York), she has been responsible for all areas related to fundraising, alumni relations, planned and major gifts, and special events for two campuses. She developed both short- and long-term goals which included building the infrastructure of the Institutional Advancement office by employing best practices and board development.

Bhada previously served as the vice president of development at Huntington Hospital and as the senior director of development at Stony Brook Medicine. She holds a master of healthcare administration from Hofstra University and a bachelor’s degree from St. Joseph’s College. Her experience and skill set will be invaluable to the Foundation and the Wilson College of Textiles.

Bhada will focus on building relationships with stakeholders and partnering with the board as well as colleagues in the COT and University Advancement in order to increase philanthropic support to the COT.

“I’m so excited to join the Wolfpack and be here in North Carolina, the inclusiveness and pride for the University and the state are contagious,” she said.

Written by Cameron Walker