University Scholarships
In-kind support to the Aggie Athletic Foundation annually
Student housing beds

Supporting art acquisition

Richard Hunt sculpture “Progress” located

Joseph Holston painting “Graduation” located in the Alumni Event Center Lobby

Chartered March 9, 1946, the North Carolina A&T University Foundation, Inc. has repurposed to the North Carolina A&T Real Estate Foundation. In 2014-2015, the Foundation engaged in a strategic planning process, which resulted in a July 30, 2015 decision to rename the Foundation and narrow its mission. Following the process, its primary purpose is to acquire, own, transfer, sell, develop, build and manage real estate or real estate-related projects in support of the University.


Our mission is to transform the landscape of North Carolina A&T University, expanding its reach and impact through strategic land acquisition and real estate development. We are dedicated to providing exceptional off-campus living experiences for students, fostering community growth, and driving economic development in East Greensboro. Together, we strive to elevate the university’s footprint, create opportunities that inspire and empower our team, residents and the broader community, and catalyze positive change that will leave a lasting legacy for generations to come.

Foundation Staff

Our amazing NC A&T Real Estate Foundation Staff

Darlene Norman
Darlene NormanReal Estate Officer

About Darlene

Darlene joined the NC A&T Real Estate Foundation’s team in October 2003 as the Executive Assistant. When the University Foundation became the Real Estate Foundation, she was promoted to Real Estate Officer. The Real Estate Officer manages the Purchase and Sale Agreements for Real Estate Transactions as well as managing leases for University Partners. Darlene holds a degree in Business Administration. 

Traci Smitherman
Traci SmithermanAssistant Director of Accounting

About Traci

Traci joined the NC A&T Real Estate Foundation’s team in March 2017 as the Sr. Accountant. She holds two master’s degrees including a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Healthcare Administration.

Ms. Smitherman assists the Director of Accounting & Director of Financial Reporting with the coordination of financial accounting information for preparation of the Real Estate Foundation’s financial statements.  Additionally, she coordinates the University’s Accounting Department and the Foundation’s reporting.

Sharon W. Johnson
Sharon W. JohnsonProject Manager

About Sharon

Sharon joined the NC A&T Real Estate Foundation’s team in April 2020 as the Real Estate Project Manager. She holds an MS degree in Architectural Engineering from NCA&T. She ensures the successful completion of real estate related projects including renovations and up-fits. Additionally, Ms. Johnson assists with the management, preservation and enhancement of all real estate assets. 

Larry Smith
Larry SmithMarketing & Client Consultant

About Larry

Larry joined the NC A&T Real Estate Foundation’s team in April 2011 as the Marketing and Client Relations Consultant. Mr. Smith provides steadfast event coordination with attentiveness to detail and awesome customer service. Larry applies his outstanding communication and impeccable client support skills to coordinate on and off campus events.  

Fred Smith
Fred SmithCommercial Real Estate Accountant
Terry May
Terry MayProperty Accountant
Jimeetre MIller
Jimeetre MIllerExecutive Assistant

About Jimeetre

Jimeetre joined the NC A&T Real Estate Foundation’s team in March 2021 as the Executive Assistant.  With a 20-year skill set in this field, she handles and maintains key support to the needs of the Executive Director.

Eric Pristell
Eric PristellGeneral Counsel
The Banks Law Firm, PA

Board of Directors

The Foundation is governed by a self-perpetuating Board of Directors.

The Board of Directors consists of not less than three and not more than fifteen persons who are elected annually for a term of three years. The Board of Directors meets four times a year.

Their responsibilities include the overall management of the corporation and its assets.

Adrienne Bain, Board Chair
Adrienne Bain, Board ChairJPI
Darrell Perry, Vice Chair
Darrell Perry, Vice ChairWells Fargo Securities
Jennifer Duru-Perry, Secretary and Acquisition Committee Co-Chair
Jennifer Duru-Perry, Secretary and Acquisition Committee Co-ChairLaurel Street
Daniel Lim, Treasurer
Daniel Lim, Treasurer SV International Corporation
Harold L. Martin, Chancellor
Harold L. Martin, ChancellorN.C. A&T State University
Nakira Carter
Nakira CarterCushman & Wakefield
Harold Cogdell
Harold CogdellLaw Offices of Harold Cogdell, Jr. PLLC
James Cox
James CoxGreensboro Housing Authority
Nikita Greene
Nikita GreeneCone Health Enterprise
Thomas E. Powers III
Thomas E. Powers IIICity of Charlotte
Walker Sanders
Walker Sanders The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro