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Betty Conley Brooks & Robert Charles Brooks Endowed Master's Fellowship in Economics

The following biography was written at the time of this scholarship establishment; some information may not be up to date:

A native of Marion, North Carolina, Betty Conley Brooks graduated from UNC Greensboro (then Woman’s College) in 1952, with a degree in secretarial administration. Upon graduation, she was employed as a secretary/statistical analyst in the Department of Agricultural Economics at North Carolina State University. In 1960, she accepted her first professional position as a personnel analyst with the State of North Carolina. While continuing full-time work, she earned a master’s degree in public administration with a minor in economics at North Carolina State University. Her career in public service with the State of North Carolina spanned 30 years and included service as a supervisor and administrator in statistical analysis, vocational testing, employee compensation and benefits, personnel policy development and administration, personnel program research and development, supervisory development, and paralegal. She was also a part-time graduate studies instructor at North Carolina State University.

A native of Granville County, North Carolina, Robert Charles Brooks (known as “Charles”) graduated from North Carolina State University in 1956 with a degree in agricultural economics, after serving three years in the United States Air Force. He went on to earn a master of science degree from North Carolina State University and began employment there as a research instructor in the Department of Agricultural Economics in 1958. In 1962, he became a full-time student in economics at Duke University and received his doctorate in 1965. Dr. Brooks was a member of the faculty of the Department of Economics and Business at North Carolina State University from 1963 until his retirement in 1981, and held the rank of professor emeritus until his death in 2004.

Betty and Charles Brooks retired to Punta Gorda, Florida in 1981 where they were active in the civic life of their community. In 2002, Betty and Charles established the Betty Conley Brooks and Robert Charles Brooks Endowed Master’s Fellowship in Economics, reflecting their strong belief in the value of higher education at the graduate level and of the study of economics as preparation for making meaningful contributions to society. In 2006, Betty declared her intention to establish a Distinguished Professorship in Economics in honor of Charles’s service on the faculty of North Carolina State University and his commitment to teaching and research. Through this additional gift, Betty Brooks honors the strong educational foundation she received at Woman’s College along with Charles Brooks’s distinguished career as a professor of economics, and their mutual commitment to learning, leadership, and academic success.