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Charles A. Flink II, FASLA

Director, Initiative for Community Growth and Development; Leaders Council Member

Professor of the Practice in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning

Owner/President, Greenways Inc.


Chuck Flink, FASLA, PLA, is an award-winning author, landscape architect, and planner. He is a Fellow in the American Society of Landscape Architects and widely regarded as one of America’s leading greenway planners and designers, having completed projects in 250 communities within 37 states. He has provided consulting services to international clients in Asia, Canada, Europe, and South America. Chuck has been featured for his work in National GeographicLandscape Architecture ChinaAmerican Planning and Business Journal. He is the co-author of two award-winning books: Greenways A Guide to Planning, Design and Development and Trails for the Twenty-First Century. Some of Chuck’s notable work includes the Grand Canyon Greenway, AZ, Greater Grand Forks Greenway, ND, NW Arkansas Razorback Regional Greenway, AR, Miami River (Florida) Greenway, Charleston County Greenbelt Plan, SC and the Wolf River Greenway in Memphis, TN.

Chuck received both his undergraduate (1982) and graduate (2017) degrees from NC State University. He is the 2019 recipient of the Watauga Medal, the highest non-academic award bestowed by NC State; the 2006 Distinguished Alumnus of the College; and one of the original 50 recipients of the Wings on Wings award from the College. He currently serves as Executive-in-Residence at the College, where he teaches a seminar entitled “Design of the Land: The Landscape Imperative.” Chuck is past Chair of the NC State University Board of Visitors (advisory to the Chancellor) and currently a member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors. He is a member of the University Capital Campaign Committee, a Lifetime Member of the Alumni Association, a Lifetime Member of the Friends of the NCSU Libraries, and a member of the Stanhope Pullen Society.

Motivation to serve on the Leaders Council: Giving of my time, energy and perspective, to the College and NC State University to further the educational mission.

Design Philosophy:
Balance the needs of humans with the wonders of nature to create timeless landscapes that inspire and educate people about the resources of planet Earth.