Chancellor

Fourteen chancellors have led NC State since its founding in 1887. Under the leadership of Dr. Randy Woodson, North Carolina’s largest university has bolstered its reputation as a pre-eminent research enterprise.


Chancellor WoodsonDr. Randy Woodson, the 14th chancellor of North Carolina State University, is a nationally recognized scholar and academic leader and oversees the largest university in North Carolina with more than 34,000 students and a budget of $1.4 billion. Under his leadership, NC State has built upon its reputation as a preeminent research institution and has witnessed many transformative changes – The opening of the James B. Hunt Jr. Library on Centennial Campus, the launch of the College of Sciences and the completion of the Lonnie Poole Golf Course.

Even in the face of unprecedented financial challenges, these advances were made possible thanks to Woodson's Strategic Plan, which aligned the university for greater effectiveness, efficiency and most importantly, greater student success.

As the landscape of funding for public universities continues to change, NC State consistently ranks in the Top 5 best values among public universities in the U.S., according to publications like the Wall Street Journal and the Princeton Review.

Chancellor Woodson has extensive experience as a member of university faculty and administration with a reputation for consensus building throughout his 30 year career in higher education. He came to NC State from Purdue University, where he most recently served as Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Dr. Woodson is an internationally renowned plant molecular biologist specializing in reproductive processes in agricultural crops. He earned his undergraduate degree in Horticulture from the University of Arkansas and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Plant Physiology from Cornell University.

Randy and Susan Woodson have three adult children.

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HB2 Repeal


NC State Community:

Today the Governor and North Carolina General Assembly approved a House Bill 2 repeal compromise. I’m pleased to share the following statement on the repeal of HB 2 from UNC President Margaret Spellings.

“This is a good day for the state and a positive step forward—specifically for the students, faculty, and staff of the University of North Carolina—and we applaud our elected officials for the bipartisan manner in which they brokered this compromise. With today’s action and our continuing commitment to equal access and opportunity for all, we have every expectation that, once again, the University will be able to host national athletic events and professional conferences as we have for years.”

- Margaret Spellings

I’d like to thank Governor Cooper, Speaker Moore and President Pro Tem Berger for their leadership, and the entire General Assembly for their bipartisan efforts to reach this compromise.

I’d also like to reiterate NC State’s strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. As stated in the university’s equal opportunity and nondiscrimination policy, all students, faculty and staff are protected from discrimination, regardless of age, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status. We will continue striving daily to ensure an environment where all students, faculty and staff are welcomed, supported and can be successful.

Thank you,

Randy Woodson, Chancellor