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NC State Poole College Names First Citizens Bank 2018 Employer of the Year

Frank B. Holding Jr., chairman and CEO of First Citizens Bank, accepts the "Employer of the Year" award from Annette L. Ranft, Dean of Poole College of Management.

The NC State University Poole College of Management has selected First Citizens Bank to receive the college’s Employer of the Year award for 2018. Frank B. Holding Jr., chairman and CEO of First Citizens Bank accepted the award as part of Poole College’s tenth annual Leadership and Innovation Showcase, held April 19, 2018, at historic Reynolds Coliseum on NC State’s campus.

“As a bank headquartered in Raleigh, First Citizens knows firsthand how much NC State University and the Poole College of Management mean to the employers and businesses of this community,” said Holding. “We’re proud to be a strong advocate for Poole College and to the support its scholarship and programs. It’s been a mutually beneficial partnership that has truly enhanced our bank. We’re extremely honored to accept this award, and look forward to continuing our strong relationship.”

Poole College established the Employer of the Year award in 2013 to recognize the extraordinary organizations that play a significant role in helping students across the college’s undergraduate and graduate programs launch and grow their careers. Past award recipients are Johnson Lambert, Patheon, Red Hat, Deloitte, Cisco, EY, Lowe’s and IBM.

First Citizens was selected through a competitive process based on the breadth, depth and longevity of its engagement with academic programs across the college and with the Poole College Career Center through a wide range of career and leadership development activities.

“First Citizens consistently supports our college, from participating in the Poole Career and Internship Fair to sponsoring MBA orientation to hiring students from across our programs,” said Annette L. Ranft, dean and Stephen P. Zelnak Chair at the Poole College of Management. “First Citizens employees are actively engaged with the college, volunteering to speak in classes and mentor students. We are truly grateful for the support First Citizens provides to Poole College and are pleased to recognize this world-class organization as our 2018 Employer of the Year.”

The awards ceremony also recognized student recipients of scholarship prizes ranging from $2,000-$5,000 for top scores in the college’s tenth annual Leadership and Innovation Showcase. More than 50 undergraduate and graduate student teams presented to industry executives and showcased the real world challenges, as well as their own entrepreneurial ventures, they tacked this academic year. Recruiters, corporate partners and NC State alumni are invited to attend the annual showcase and awards ceremony.

About First Citizens Bank

Founded in 1898 and headquartered in Raleigh, N.C., First Citizens Bank serves customers at more than 500 branches in 21 states. First Citizens Bank is a wholly owned subsidiary of First Citizens BancShares, Inc. (Nasdaq: FCNCA), which has $34 billion in assets. For more information, call toll free 1.888.FC DIRECT (1.888.323.4732) or visit First Citizens Bank. Forever First®.

About NC State Poole College of Management

At the Poole College of Management, we instill an entrepreneurial mindset in all our students, so that each of them will bring creative and innovative thinking to bear on business problems. And we build analytical skills into every program, so graduates leave here ready to lead — whether in a two-person tech startup or a Fortune 500 boardroom. We’re also deeply rooted in NC State’s history as a university that excels at science, technology, engineering and math. The result: a dynamic research and learning environment for our students and our partners in business and industry.

The Poole College of Management was founded in 1992 as NC State’s first College of Management. The college is fully accredited by the the AACSB. The strength and relevance of the college’s programs have led to three landmark gifts: Jenkins Graduate School of Management 2007 (Benjamin P. Jenkins, III); Poole College of Management 2010 (Lonnie C. Poole); Zelnak Dean’s Chair 2014 (Stephen P. Zelnak).