Industry Testimonials

mark_fischer“Extraordinary challenges demand of us extraordinary solutions along with exceptional individuals to execute. The Students, Faculty & Staff at North Carolina State University’s College of Textiles exemplify what it takes to tackle the “real world” in today’s competitive markets. World class faculty, state of the art facilities, a student population who are the among the most sought after in our industry and corporate engagement that is the envy of all universities in their space – it’s easy to see why NCSU COT is ranked as the #1 Textile College in the World.”

Mark J. Fischer
SVP Wholesale Services
Ralph Lauren Corp.



kunberger“As a global leader of Textile Innovation and Technology, we continually look to bring in new talent that furthers our internal collaboration and drives new expectations. We have benefited greatly from our relationship with the students and faculty at NC State’s College of Textiles and consider the summer internship program a cornerstone of our recruiting and future employment.  The skills and knowledge that the interns and graduates bring from an industry, trends, and technology standpoint allow them to engage in key projects and produce significant contributions. We continue to replenish our ranks with qualified NCSU grads and the past recruits continue to grow and flourish within our system.”

Kenneth T. Kunberger
President and Chief Executive Officer
International Textile Group


messura“Young professionals entering positions in the world textile industry, ideally, will have strong technical competence and a global view of the industry. The College of Textiles’ Department of Textile and Apparel, Technology and Management provides both of these necessary skills—the strongest technical background in textiles combined with a global business perspective. The department excels in offering students this unique education combination and it offers employers great young professionals with excellent technical and critical thinking skills. Program graduates are capable of working successfully in diverse capacities and that’s what employers want.”

Mark Messura
Senior Vice President
Global Supply Chain Marketing
Cotton Incorporated


sullivan“As an advisory board member, I have the opportunity and privilege to connect with students at NC State’s College of Textiles, and I continue to be impressed by the caliber of talent and the quality of ideas. It will be exciting to watch these students enter the workforce, grow into successful leaders and drive the future of our industry.”

Brendan Sullivan
Vice President
VF Corporation