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NC Research Campus leader resigns

Lynne Scott Safrit, left, president and CEO of Castle & Cooke, announced her resignation Monday after 33 years with the company. Here she is pictured with her daughter, Elizabeth, the 2014 Miss United States.
Lynne Scott Safrit, left, president and CEO of Castle & Cooke, announced her resignation Monday after 33 years with the company. Here she is pictured with her daughter, Elizabeth, the 2014 Miss United States.

A leader who helped develop the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis has left her post, effective immediately.

Lynne Scott Safrit, president and CEO of Castle & Cooke, announced her resignation Monday after 33 years with the company.

“Seeing the NCRC attain continuing growth and stability has given me immense personal and professional satisfaction. I am looking forward to my new opportunities knowing that it will allow me to spend more time with my wonderful family,” Safrit wrote in a resignation letter posted on NCRC’s website Monday.

In her position at the helm at Castle & Cooke, Safrit oversaw the development of the NCRC and other real estate development opportunities in North Carolina. Safrit is a graduate of Catawba College who holds a master’s degree from UNC Charlotte and a doctorate in public health from UNC-Chapel Hill.

A Kannapolis resident, Safrit also serves on a number of boards of trustees, including at Catawba College and the North Carolina Biotechnology Center. She’s also president of the advisory board for the UNC Charlotte College of Health and Human Services and president of the advisory board for the College of Health Sciences at Appalachian State University.

Safrit was named the 2007 Citizen of the Year for the Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce and most recently, received the 2015 Heart of Grace Award from Pfeiffer University along with her daughter Elizabeth, who is the 2014 Miss United States.

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