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Lynne Scott Safrit, Campus Leader, Announces Resignation

April 20, 2015






For Immediate Release

Lynne Scott Safrit, DrPh
Castle & Cooke, North Carolina


Phyllis Beaver
Marketing Director,
NC Research Campus


Campus Leader Lynne Scott Safrit, DrPH, Announces Resignation


NC Research Campus, Kannapolis NC- April 20, 2015–  Today, Lynne Scott Safrit, DrPH, president of Castle & Cooke, Inc., North Carolina, who has been a leading figure in the development of the NC Research Campus, announced her resignation. Her letter follows:

April 20, 2015

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Lynne Scott Safrit, DrPH

Lynne Scott Safrit, DrPH

 After thoughtful reflection and careful consideration, I have submitted my resignation as President of Castle & Cooke North Carolina and Atlantic American Properties effective immediately. I will be involved as requested by Castle & Cooke in transitioning my responsibilities to others.

I am very grateful for the wonderful opportunities provided for me during my years with Castle & Cooke. The vision and commitment of the North Carolina Research Campus to improve human health through nutrition will change the course of the prevention and treatment of disease now and in the future for people around the globe.

My thirty-three years as a Castle & Cooke employee have prepared me for new and exciting challenges and opportunities in the future.  Seeing the NCRC attain continuing growth and stability has given me immense personal and professional satisfaction. I am looking forward to my new opportunities knowing that it will allow me to spend more time with my wonderful family.

Please accept my sincere gratitude for your cooperation and support which have been invaluable to me personally and to our company.  I can be reached at Lynnesafrit@gmail.comMy best wishes for you and your family will always be with you.

Warmest Regards,

Lynne Scott Safrit, DrPH


About Dr. Safrit:

Former President and Chief Operating Officer of Castle and Cooke, LLC North Carolina, Lynne Scott Safrit, DrPh, oversaw the development of the North Carolina Research Campus and other real estate development opportunities in North Carolina.

For 33 years, she worked in various capacities for David H. Murdock, beginning with Cannon Mills in Kannapolis and the development of his real estate operations there. David H. Murdock is the founder of the NC Research Campus and owner and CEO of Dole Food and Castle & Cooke, Inc.

A native of Kannapolis, Safrit graduated Cum Laude with a BA from Catawba College in 1980 and an MA from the University of North Carolina Charlotte in 1981. She earned her doctorate in Public Health in May 2014 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a graduate of the Commercial Real Estate Institute and the North Carolina Bank Directors’ College; earned the CCIM designation; and is a licensed general real estate appraiser in North and South Carolina. She is also a graduate of the North Carolina Bank Directors’ College and the North Carolina Advanced Bank Directors’ College.

Active in an array of professional and civic organizations, Safrit is currently on the Board of Trustees at Catawba College, the Board of Directors at the Bank of the Carolinas, the Board of Directors for the Gertrude Hinson Charitable Trust, the Board of Directors for the North Carolina Biotechnology Center,  President of the Board of Directors for the Cabarrus County Economic Development Corporation, the Advisory Board for University of North Carolina at Charlotte College of Health and Human Services,  the Board of  Directors for the North Carolina Arboretum and the Advisory Board of the College of Health Sciences at Appalachian State University.

Dr. Safrit is the recipient of the Heart of Grace Award from Pfeiffer University, the O.B. Michael Outstanding Alumnus Award in 2001 from Catawba College and the 2007 Citizen of the Year for the Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce.  She was also inducted into the Catawba College Business Hall of Fame in 2007 and was named a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow in 2011.

She lives in Kannapolis with her family. Her daughter Elizabeth is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and the reigning 2014 Miss United States as well as Miss World Americas. Her son Wil is a student at Duke University, and her husband, Wally, is the attorney for the City of Kannapolis.



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