Site Registration | Find a Copy | Event Calendar | Site Map
The Voice of the Black Community

Local & State

N.C. A&T State University takes time to honor alumnus Willie Deese
Clock tower named for 1977 graduate
Published Thursday, March 31, 2016 11:56 am
by Herbert L. White

Willie Deese, a Northwest Cabarrus High School graduate, had a clock tower built in his honor at N.C. A&T in Greensboro.














N.C. A&T State University dedicated a clock tower on campus to honor alumnus Willie Deese and his wife Carol.

The tower, which blends traditional masonry using concrete, steel and glass with state-of-the art sound and LED lighting is a monument to the Deeses’ gifts to the university.

Deese is executive vice president and president of the Merck Manufacturing Division, with responsibility for Merck’s worldwide manufacturing operations.  He oversees a network of more than 55 manufacturing and distribution sites with 16,500 employees in 22 countries with an operating budget of $8 billion. He is also responsible for Merck’s global procurement organization.   

Deese, a graduate of Northwest Cabarrus High School, earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from A&T 1977 and master’s in business administration from Western New England College.  He also has an honorary doctorate from A&T.


Leave a Comment

Send this page to a friend

Upcoming Events

read all

A Need Fulfilled


2nd Saturday

July 14 – Crank the Heat What’s


Community Jazz Series (Jazz @ The Abbey)

Elements of Empowerment, Inc., in partnership

Latest News

read all

History, performance and culture by Mary D. Williams

Two performances at Gantt Center

Scrambled eggs with dill twist

Add fresh herb to menu

Entrepreneur Calvin Brock punches above his weight with business ideas

Retired boxer pursues career dreams