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Henry Campen Named 2013 Person of the Year by NCSU Poole College

  • April 18, 2013

(RALEIGH, NC) – Henry C. Campen, Jr., a Partner in the Raleigh office of Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP, has been selected as the 2013 Person of the Year by the Poole College of Management at North Carolina State University.

“This award is presented annually by Poole College to a distinguished individual who has made outstanding contributions to the college, to his or her profession and to the NC State community,” said Ira R. Weiss, Poole College dean.
Mr. Weiss will formally present the award to Mr. Campen during the college’s Fifth Annual Leadership and Innovation Showcase on April 23 at Nelson Hall on NC State’s main campus in Raleigh.

“Throughout his career, Henry has demonstrated the professionalism and commitment to service that is so important in today’s dynamic business environment,” Mr. Weiss said. “He also has been a tremendous friend, providing support through his role as board member and chair, and his participation in the life of the college.”

Mr. Campen, who focuses his practice primarily on energy law, has more than 25 years of experience working with regulated utility companies. He manages siting, permitting and development issues for renewable energy companies across a broad spectrum of technologies including wind, solar and biomass.
Mr. Campen was recognized by American Lawyer magazine as a “Top Rated Lawyer in Energy, Environmental and Natural Resources” for 2013 and was also listed among The Best Lawyers in America in Energy Law for 2013. He leads Parker Poe’s multidisciplinary Renewable Energy practice, and served as managing partner of the Firm’s Raleigh office for ten years.

Mr. Campen represented developers of the state’s first two utility scale wind farms in obtaining permits for wind energy projects that will generate nearly 400 megawatts of clean energy. He recently was elected chair of the board of directors of the Southeastern Coastal Wind Coalition, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the coastal and offshore wind industry.

In addition to his role as chair of the SECWC’s board of directors, Mr. Campen serves on Poole College’s board of advisors, including a two-year term as chair of the board. He is also a member of the board of directors and executive committee of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Campen received his BA from Wake Forest University, an MPA from American University and his JD from North Carolina Central University.

Previous recipients of the Person of the Year award are:

  • 2012: Michael Constantino, assurance partner and managing partner for the Raleigh and Greensboro offices of Ernst & Young
  • 2011: Lonnie C. Poole, Jr., founder, Waste Industries, and benefactor, NC State Poole College of Management
  • 2010: Steve Zelnak, chairman and chief executive officer (retired) of Martin Marietta Materials, Inc.
  • 2009: James Owens, chairman and chief executive officer (retired) of Caterpillar
  • 2008: Benjamin Jenkins, managing director and vice chairman for retail banking (retired), Morgan Stanley and formerly vice chairman and president of the General Bank at Wachovia Corporation

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