Eloise Cofer becomes the second female full professor
Twenty-three years after Gertrude Cox's appointment, Eloise Cofer, Extension Professor of Food Science and Assistant Director of the Agricultural Extension Service becomes the second woman to be appointed as a full professor. In 1980, Cofer was named Home Economist of the Year by the N.C. Home Economics Association.
Women's Cross Country championships
The Women's Cross Country team wins the first of back-to-back national championships (1979 and 1980).
Calvin H. Carter, Jr., awarded doctorate
Calvin H. Carter, Jr., was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy degree. He had previously earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1977 and a Master of Science degree in 1980. He later became co-founder of Cree, Inc., and was a 2002 recipient of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation.
Women's Golf is reinstated as a varsity sport
Women's Golf is reinstated as a varsity sport. A team was previously fielded from 1980 to 1986.