Wyatt and Mary Upchurch gift $1M to UNCP School of Business in honor of late son

Wyatt and Mary Upchurch

Wyatt Upchurch has reaped the rewards from running one of the region’s largest turkey hatchery operations.

Since retired, this business leader and turkey farmer-turned-philanthropist has chosen to invest in Southeastern North Carolina’s future through UNCP’s vision for a new School of Business building.

Upchurch and his wife, Mary, are donating $1 million toward the construction of a $36 million building that will house the School of Business.

The motivation for their gift is a sentimental one for the Raeford couple.

UNCP gift honors former professor, renowned banker Joseph Sandlin

Joseph Sandlin

Most people in Robeson County remember the late Joseph Sandlin for his leadership in the banking industry and for his contributions to countless civic organizations.

Sandlin, the former president of Southern National Bank, gave his time generously to many causes, including the Robeson House, Duke Heart Center and Lumberton Chamber of Commerce. He helped establish the first Boys and Girls Club in the county. 

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