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Leonard named Textile Leader of the Year by NC State University

Raleigh, N.C. - The North Carolina State University has recognized home textiles industry veteran Barry Leonard as its 2013 College of Textiles Leader of the Year.

Leonard was honored on April 18 at a special ceremony

The university said this annual award recognizes a textile industry executive who has shown outstanding leadership qualities that have moved the textile industry forward in innovative ways. Members of the Kappa Tau Beta Leadership Fraternity and Phi Psi Fraternity choose the award recipient that best represents the goals and ideals of the two College of Textiles fraternities.

"Barry Leonard is an outstanding graduate of the College of Textiles and of the Institute of Textile Technology," noted Dean A. Blanton Godfrey. "Barry has had a fascinating, and extremely busy career, but somehow he finds time to support the college in numerous ways. Recently Barry became a member of the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Textile Foundation. In this role he will have a major influence on the future of the college."

Barry Leonard is president and ceo of Welspun USA, the largest integrated towel manufacturer in Asia and a leading supplier to 14 of the top 30 United States retailers.

He earned his undergraduate degree in textile technology from NC State University, his master's degree from the Institute of Textile Technology and attended Harvard Business School as well.

Presently he serves on the Home Fashions Products Association Board and serves as vice president of the North Carolina Textile Foundation (NCTF) Board. The NCTF supports the College of Textiles by providing funds for scholarships to deserving undergraduate and graduate students, recruitment and retention of highly qualified professors and researchers and maintaining the College of Textiles with state-of-the-art equipment for research and education.

Throughout his career, Leonard has received many honors and awards for his contributions to the textile industry such as the Distinguished Leadership Award and the Home Textiles Leadership Award.

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