The Wilson College of Textiles welcomes Jaclyn Hage as the new director of development for the North Carolina Textile Foundation (NCTF). She brings a wealth of skills and fundraising experience built during her six years here at NC State, and we are thrilled to welcome her aboard.
An alumna of East Carolina University, she graduated with a B.A. in Public Health Education and Promotion. She started her NC State career as a development program associate in the Poole College of Management in April 2013. In May 2015, she moved to the College of Design, where she worked as a development program specialist; a little over two years later, she was promoted to assistant director of development. She joined NCTF on June 24, 2019.
“During Jaclyn’s time with the College of Design, she played an integral role in transforming the college’s annual giving program, scholarship management processes and stewardship services,” said Michael Ward, NCTF executive director of development. “After completing Plus Delta, an eight-month frontline fundraising training program, she also took on a small portfolio of major gift prospects during Fiscal Year 19 and raised over $1.3 million in her first year, accounting for nearly one-third of the college’s record fundraising total of $3.5 million.”
We spoke with Hage about her hopes for the Wilson College of Textiles and NCTF, her career so far and what she does when she’s off the clock.
How did your career in development begin?
Prior to starting my Wolfpack journey in development over 6 years ago with the Poole College of Management, I was not aware of the possibility of a career in fundraising. Since starting my career at the Poole College of Management, I have also worked at the College of Design. I feel lucky every day that I am able to help alumni and friends realize their passion for supporting NC State, while subsequently impacting the lives of students, faculty and staff for generations to come.
What do you do each day?
I am lucky enough to promote the mission of the North Carolina Textile Foundation and the Wilson College of Textiles under the direction of Dean David Hinks. Much of my job is traveling to meet alumni, donors and friends across North Carolina, Portland and New York to listen to their NC State story and share how they are enhancing the college, as well as connect them with NC State in ways that are meaningful to them.
What impact does your work have?
When Wilson College of Textiles alumni, donors and friends are engaged in ways that are meaningful to them — whether it be volunteering, offering financial support or promoting the college — it is amazing to see the positive effect on the faculty, staff, students and themselves.
What draws you to work in higher education?
I have personally seen how higher education transforms lives and directly impacts the state and our nation. It is motivating every day to be a part of something so positive and beneficial.
What do you think of the Wilson College of Textiles so far?
From day one, I was impressed with the people, facilities and thoughtfulness of the leadership here. In my first week, I was taken on a tour of the college, including the labs. Seeing the breadth and depth of our student and faculty research was inspiring. When finishing the tour, I thought, “There is no way that can be topped.”
This past week, I was able to sit in on a Summer Textile Exploration Program (STEP) presentation. I was blown away with the comprehensive nature of this program, which spanned well beyond the range of curriculum to support for applying to college. I was also pleasantly surprised to see all of the students step up to the plate and present work that was well thought out and polished.
After seeing the STEP presentations, I am looking forward to many more experiences that “cannot be topped.”
What do you do in your spare time?
When I am not working, I am with my family, in my garden, working out (preferably outside) or creating something. I am proudly married to a Wolfpacker since 2011 and I am an auntie to seven extraordinary nieces and nephews. I have a fairly extensive herb and vegetable garden, with hopes to expand my fruit and flower varietals. I have been studying herbal medicine for the past few years and make my own herbal remedies for just about any ailment.
Learn more about NCTF here.
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