Scott Manning has joined the NC State Poole College of Management as director of development in its Office of Development and External Relations, the college announced today.
“Scott brings tremendous experience from his prior community, industry and academic roles,” said Anya Reid, executive director of development and external relations for Poole College. “His entrepreneurial thinking and strong work ethic are great assets to help us continue to build momentum in the NC State Think and Do the Extraordinary Campaign.”
Manning most recently was president and chief executive officer of the Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce where his consultation and relationship-driven style led to development of numerous new programs in support of the town’s economic and community development goals.
“I came to the chamber to be part of the economic development and community growth of the town, interfacing with companies in a way that was more meaningful than just a transactional sale,” he said. “That is what I enjoy.”
Manning began his career as business development manager for a real estate investment firm in the midst of the subprime mortgage crisis in the United States. “It was an interesting way to start your career, and I learned a lot,” he said. He also has worked in sales for a global logistics company and as a consultant in a human resources firm.
A lifelong NC State fan who grew up in Raleigh, Manning said he has “has a passion for this area.” He also enjoys the “high energy” of higher education, he said. “That has always been attractive to me, and I have always had a profound respect for NC State. There is a lot of momentum, velocity within NC State and Poole College in particular. The team is fantastic.”
Manning has first-hand experience with Poole College from prior involvement in a mentorship program for undergraduate transfer students in the college’s Office of Undergraduate Programs. “Many were first-generation college students,” he said. “To see their drive, passion and appreciation for being at NC State – it was enlightening, refreshing to be part of their experience. That really got my gears going: How to leverage my experiences and passion for higher ed,” he said.
While in college – he has a bachelor’s degree in international business and global logistics from the College of Charleston – Manning had a number of leadership roles in the collegiate Greek system, and served as alumni advisor for the Sigma Phi Epsilon chapter at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill for seven years.
He is a graduate of Ravenscroft School in Raleigh and serves on its alumni council. He also is a high school impact group leader at White Memorial Presbyterian Church in Raleigh.