L to R: David McHugh, Case Farms Morganton Maintenance Manager; Lamar Smitherman, NCSSM Outreach & Industry Relations Associate; Charles Rigdon, Case FarmsVP of Operations; Victoria King, Case Farms Morganton Complex HR Manager; Joseph Savarimuthu, Case Farms Morganton QA Manager


NCSSM-Morganton Receives Generous Gift from Case Farms

September 18, 2019 (Morganton, NC) —  The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM) announces a $100,000 donation from Case Farms to support the school’s new campus in Morganton. Having operated in the region since 1988, Case Farms is highly invested in the community and employs more than 1,000 people in the Morganton area. 

Case Farms’ $100,000 gift will help fund the development of the new campus that will open in 2021 and provide a cutting-edge education for high schoolers from across the state. NCSSM-Morganton promises academically-talented students from anywhere in North Carolina the opportunity to study advanced classes with top faculty and mentors in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields with an added focus on data science.  

“This new campus will help mentor the next generation of leaders and we are honored to support the school’s vision,” said Charles Rigdon, senior vice president of operations at Case Farms. “Case Farms knows the importance of education and we hope our donation will help provide opportunities for students in this community and across North Carolina for years to come.”

NCSSM’s expansion to Morganton is generating new opportunities for people and businesses to partner with the institution to enable the innovative programming and infrastructure that is a hallmark of the NCSSM experience. 

“We are so grateful for Case Farms’ investment in our new Morganton campus which is yet another example of the incredible support we are receiving from the local community,” said Kevin Baxter, Director of Western Campus Planning for NCSSM. “We are thrilled to build our new campus in Morganton, not only bringing the promise of NCSSM to hundreds more students, but also serving as a catalyst for economic development in the region beyond.”

NCSSM is actively engaged in a capital campaign that includes a goal of raising $10 million in private donations to support the construction of the Morganton campus. To date, the NCSSM Foundation has recorded more than 250 gifts that total more than $7,000,000 in support of NCSSM’s emerging campus in Morganton. 

For more information about the development of NCSSM-Morganton, including information about the capital campaign, visit ncssm.edu/morgantoncampus.


About NCSSM: The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics is a world-class public high school with statewide reach offering students the skills and knowledge to design their own future. Specializing in science, technology, engineering, and math, we challenge talented high school juniors and seniors from across North Carolina through a residential program on our historic campus in Durham — and beginning in 2021, on our second campus being built in Morganton. Our extensive online program and summer offerings extend our impact to every corner of the state and to younger students. We give back to our communities through the time, talents, and resources of our world-class educators, dedicated staff, and students. Founded in 1980 as the first of its kind, NCSSM has become the model for 18 such specialized schools around the globe. Our 11,000-plus alumni include local and global leaders in medicine, technology, commerce, education, and the arts, a community of problem solvers who build a brighter future.

 About Case Farms:

Founded in 1986, Case Farms is a fully integrated poultry farming and processing group of dedicated individuals that work together to produce consistent, quality poultry products. Its driving purpose is to deliver superior products and service to every customer, every time. Case Farms processes 3.3 million birds per week, has over 3,200 dedicated team members, and produces in excess of 1.0 billion pounds of fresh, partially cooked, and frozen-for-export poultry products per year. The company has operations or offices in Ohio and North Carolina. For more information on Case Farms, visit www.casefarms.com.