Former NCSU professor charged with embezzling from agriculture student groups

Charles Scott Whisnant
Charles Scott Whisnant

A former animal science professor at N.C. State University has been charged with embezzling almost $72,000 from three student clubs over the course of a little more than a year.

Campus police charged Charles Scott Whisnant, 57, of 1013 Flanders St. in Garner, with three felony counts of embezzlement, and he turned himself in at the Wake County Detention Center on Wednesday.

According to an arrest warrant, Whisnant is accused of taking the money, which was entrusted to him, between Dec. 26, 2014, and Jan. 7 of this year. He resigned Tuesday, according to the university.

The warrant alleges that he pocketed $750 from NCSU’s Agri-Life Council, $16,862 from the Alpha Zeta Agriculture Honors Fraternity and $54,255 from the Animal Science Club.

Whisnant had served as the faculty adviser for the organizations, which generated almost all of their money from fundraising activities conducted by students, according to a statement from NCSU.

On Jan. 14, the student treasurer of the Animal Science Club reported discrepancies in the club’s bank statements to the university’s office of internal audit, the statement says. University staff reviewed the statements and alerted N.C. State University Police five days later.

The investigation expanded to the two other student organizations that Whisnant advised.

Whisnant, whose research areas are listed by the university’s website as neuroendocrinology and nutrition-reproduction interactions, was held in lieu of $50,000 bail and was scheduled to go before a judge Thursday.