Dr. Randy Woodson became North Carolina State University’s 14th chancellor in April 2010. Woodson leads the largest university in North Carolina, with more than 34,000 students and a $1.5 billion budget. Under his leadership, the university created and implemented The Pathway to the Future strategic plan and advanced each of its strategic goals.

NC State has become a lead university for two NSF Engineering Research Centers, one Manufacturing USA institute and partner on six others, and expanded to more than 70 industry and government partnerships on its nationally recognized Centennial Campus. NC State has also garnered national and international recognition for its faculty and student scholarship.

NC State launched the Think and Do the Extraordinary Campaign to raise $1.6 billion for scholarships, research, programs and facilities, propelling the university to even greater heights.

Leading by example to tackle the world’s grand challenges, Woodson also chairs the APLU Commission of Global Food Security and serves on the US Council of Competitiveness Executive Committee.

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Strengthening International Partnerships


Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

I recently took a trip to South America with faculty and other colleagues from NC State where we worked to develop new relationships, strengthen existing partnerships, and support student development at home and abroad.

Our NC State contingent visited a number of universities and institutions in Colombia and Chile to discuss future collaborations. As part of the trip NC State signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Universidad del Tolima to establish the framework for future collaborations, and extended agreements to enhance existing partnerships like the Animal Food and Nutrition Consortium and our student exchange program with the Universidad de Concepción.

In addition, we created a number of new partnership agreements that will bolster innovative research projects, programs for faculty development, the diversity of our student enrollment, and student exchange opportunities. I met with NC State students currently studying abroad at the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez and heard how that experience is already shaping their lives and future goals.

The partnerships we cultivate and nourish with institutions in Chile and Colombia are great examples of similar agreements we have with universities across the globe that are vital to NC State’s goals of innovative research and educational excellence, and that provide unsurpassed opportunities to our students and broader community. You can read a more detailed account of our work in South America on the Office of Global Engagement’s website.

Together we continue to elevate the university’s reputation and develop collaborations so we can effectively use our expertise to tackle the grand challenges of today’s world.