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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Standing for Diversity, Inclusion and Respect

NC State Students, Faculty and Staff:

Along with our colleagues at the University of Virginia, we are deeply disturbed by the hateful and violent incidents led by white supremacists over the weekend in Virginia. NC State stands in solidarity with UVA, the citizens of Charlottesville and others across the country against these and all acts of hate, bigotry and racism.

NC State, like UVA, is a public institution that embraces and supports First Amendment rights to free speech and assembly (of course, intimidation and violence are never acceptable). At the same time, we know the beliefs expressed by white nationalist, “alt-right” and related groups that converged on Charlottesville – and are expected to continue targeting college campuses this year – stand in direct opposition to NC State’s values of diversity, inclusion and mutual respect.

As I shared with our newest Wolfpack members at Convocation today, it is critical that our campus community always be vigilant in upholding, defending and promoting our shared NC State values – and continually rejecting violence, bigotry, intolerance and hatred.

NC State’s strength comes from its people – all its people – and their diversity of thought and experience. Each and every one of you are a welcomed, valued, important part of our Wolfpack.

As we launch a new academic year, I encourage all members of our campus to engage in the free, open and honest exchange of ideas in an environment where all are treated with dignity and civility.

The NC State community will likely be challenged by individuals or groups who desire to promote bigotry, racism and/or hate to divide our campus, our state and our nation. I implore all in our Wolfpack community to unite, show respect for one another, allow for differing opinions, and stand firmly against intolerance and hate.

It is all our responsibility to embrace and ensure a diverse, inclusive campus culture. I hope you will join me in this critical effort.

Randy Woodson, Chancellor