Southwestern Randolph grad Gainey picked for Caldwell Fellows

RALEIGH – Kaitlyn Gainey of Asheboro is one of 30 first-year North Carolina State students selected as part of the Caldwell Fellows at the university.

Gainey is a graduate of Southwestern Randolph.

Caldwell Fellows are selected for demonstrating an aptitude for servant-leadership development. Students selected for the Caldwell Fellows program undergo intensive leadership development programming that includes a sophomore seminar on their personal philosophy of leadership and a capstone training at the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro.

“Each year we embark on the challenge of identifying first-year NC State committed to developing their leadership and serving in North Carolina and beyond,” Dr. Janice Odom, director of the Caldwell Fellows, said in a statement. “I am delighted that the members of the Caldwell Fellows Class of 2026 are dedicated to NC State’s land grant mission of empowering themselves and others to build brighter futures for their communities.”

The program is named for former N.C. State chancellor John T. Caldwell. It’s the university’s oldest scholarship and fellowship program dedicated to leadership development.

This is the 56th class of Caldwell Fellows. There were a record 315 applicants. More than 150 Caldwell Fellows alums and friends participated in the selection process.

Gainey is the daughter of Randolph County School System superintendent Stephen Gainey.

By Randolph Record