Chad Tyson

Spring 2020


Degree: Bachelor of Science

Concentration: General Horticulture

Minor: Agriculture Business Management

Graduation Honors: Cum Laude

How are you planning to use your degree?

I am continuing my education at Duke University. I will be attaining a masters in management studies. From there I’d like to stay in the field of horticulture or agriculture and have a career more focused in business.

List clubs and activities while in school.

  • Horticulture Club
  • Horticulture Competition Team
  • CALS Ambassador
  • CRU

Whom do you want to thank?

I would like to thank several people.

Dr. Kraus: Thank You! Since I transferred as a freshman Helen was always there to answer my questions and concerns with a smiling face. She guided me not only as my advisor and professor, but also as a friend, through classes, study abroad, and opportunities that I thought would have never been possible at a university.

Liz Meyer & Lee Ivy: Thank y’all! The two of you were always going out of your way to ensure me and other students were successful in either the Horticulture Club, the competition team, or in the classroom. I greatly appreciate everything both of you do for the success of students like me.

What is the best thing about studying horticulture at NC State?

The comfort you feel when you walk into Kilgore Hall. Being known by your first name by nearly everyone you see and being a part of a group of students who love what they are studying.

Advisor Comments (Helen Kraus):

What can I say about Chad (whom I called Chase for a good portion of the time that we was a student)? He is energetic, passionate, caring and adventurous. His smile brightens any day and his enthusiasm for Horticulture and NC State is contagious.  As a CALS Ambassador, Chad has helped me at many recruitment events. He connects well with people of all generations. Chad has also been active in the Horticulture Club and on the HortPack Landscape Competition Team.  As a club and team member, Chad supports his fellow students and generally brightens an event.


Lee Ivy (Hort Teaching Faculty):
Congratulations Chad! I will miss your smiling face and awesome laugh. Best wishes for your future.

Lis Meyer (Hort Teaching Faculty):
Congrats Chad! Thanks for always being such a stellar team member and student. We’ll miss you. Especially because I need someone to help me remind Lee how relevant it truly is to know about numbats and such. 😉

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