After college, David joined the NCSU Department of Public Safety as a fire and life safety inspector. He was promoted in 1988 to the position of Senior Inspector and led the NCSU Fire Protection Division until he returned to his farming roots in 1994. David served numerous terms as a member of the Board of Directors and as the President of the North Carolina Sweet Potato Commission. He has also served as President and on the Board of Directors for the North Carolina Sweet Potato Seed Grower’s Association, as well as the North Carolina Sweet Potato Marketing Cooperation. Staying dedicated to his alma mater, David joined others as Founders of the Covington Endowment for Sweet Potato Research and Extension at North Carolina State University.
B.S. Biological and Agricultural Engineering NC State 1987