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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Response to DACA Announcement

NC State Students, Faculty and Staff:

The announcement on September 5, 2017 by the US Attorney General that the federal government is ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has generated great concern among many across our nation, including in our NC State community.

DACA students are valuable contributors to our university and enhance the quality of our student body. Every day the “dreamers” enrich and strengthen the talent, insight and culture of NC State and other institutions of higher education across the country.

Today’s announcement left a number of unanswered questions. An orderly and lawful wind down was mentioned, but details are limited at this time. It is also unclear what action Congress might take. As we work to find answers to these and other related concerns, NC State administration will continue to work with UNC System General Administration, the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities, and elected officials to encourage support for DACA students going forward.

In the meantime, to our DACA students, please know you remain a welcomed and valuable part of the NC State community. No changes to our policies have occurred, and NC State will continue to support all DACA students to the fullest extent possible. Counseling, legal advice and other support services will continue to be provided to all students.

For our DACA students or anyone affected by this situation, please contact the Counseling Center for any needed counseling or mental health support. If you would like advice or representation within the scope of the prepaid student legal services plan, please contact Student Legal Services.

Of course, if anyone witnesses or experiences intimidation, harassment or violence against individuals or groups, please file a report with University Police or the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity so that these incidents can be thoroughly investigated.

NC State remains dedicated to the principles of equity, diversity, inclusion and the safety of all in our campus community.

Randy Woodson, Chancellor