2016 Distinguished Alumnus: Ralph Edwards, Jr.

BIO: Ralph Edwards, Jr. is the Chairman and CEO of Glenridge Real Estate Inc., a private real estate company that invests in and provides asset management services for U.S. office, retail, and industrial properties in the Southeast. He received his B.S. Degree in Industrial Engineering in 1961 and an MBA from Harvard University in 1967.

He has served on the board of the Atlanta Commercial Board and has been a member for fifty years, earning the Silver Phoenix Award for lifetime achievement.

Edwards has served on the boards of the Atlanta Beltline Partnership since it’s inception, the Trust for Public Land as well at the Grants to Green Program which enables non-profits to be more efficient. He is currently Chairman of the new building committee of a non-profit inner city youth development program known as “Moving in the Spirit”.

The arts and education are among his other philanthropic interests and he and his wife Ree are excited about sponsoring a three year old international immersion program for College of Engineering students. Meeting and learning from our most motivated and bright students is a highlight of their involvement in the school.

Since joining the NC State Foundation Board as a member of the College Relations Committee he has helped sponsor a series of successful Atlanta events to highlight the College of Engineering, the Dean, the Chancellor and some of the Engineering Faculty “Super Stars”.