James B. Hunt, Jr. discusses how student leaders at NC State differ from those at other universities and ultimately make great leaders for the state of North Carolina. Interview on May 29, 2012. (2:07)

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But of course I feel very close to NC State 00:00:00.000 - 00:00:03.134
and I know it to be a university where people learn and they get involved in research or whatever. 00:00:03.134 - 00:00:23.542
They do extension, reach out across the state and work with people wherever they live, very different from an academic place that just sits on the campus in their towers, we sometimes say. 00:00:23.542 - 00:00:38.355
And I know that NC State student body presidents generally get a lot of practical knowledge. 00:00:38.355 - 00:00:48.980
Their fellow students are folks who are going to be into vital areas of the economy, 00:00:48.980 - 00:00:56.491
in engineering or textiles or furniture or education, whatever it's going to be, agriculture in particular, 00:00:56.491 - 00:01:05.608
and I want those people to get involved. 00:01:05.608 - 00:01:10.159
Historically the political leaders came from Carolina or Wake Forest, but I know that an education and a participation in life at NC State can prepare you extremely well to be a leader of this state, 00:01:10.159 - 00:01:29.046
I just want NC State students to enjoy their experience, to learn from it, and then to be involved in politics and leadership after they get out. 00:01:29.046 - 00:01:39.938
We've invested a lot in them. They learn a lot, they have a lot of knowledge, they have a lot of practical knowledge; it isn't all just theory with them. 00:01:39.938 - 00:01:49.384
They know something. Many of them graduate in the school of agriculture or engineering, forestry, whatever it may be. So they're the kind of folks that we need and I'm very anxious for them to stay involved in leadership. 00:01:49.384 - 00:02:04.358

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