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William B. Upchurch, Jr.

Past Presidents Council | Executive Director, NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission


William Upchurch is the Executive Director of the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission; a position he has held since its inception in 2001. Prior to his work with the commission, Upchurch spent nearly a decade working for the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, first giving daily radio broadcasts on commodity prices and trends; and later serving as a cotton marketing specialist and administrator of the department’s tobacco program. He has served on several state and local boards including the Town of Cary’s Zoning Board of Adjustment. He is a former President of the NCSU CALS Alumni and Friends Society and recently received the Honorary American Farmer Degree from the National FFA Organization. Upchurch, who holds a degree in agricultural education and extension from N.C. State University, still works and lives on the family farm in Wake County with his wife Amanda and youngest son, Will.


B.S. Extension Education NC State