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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Celebrating Juneteenth


NC State community:

This Saturday, June 19, marks 156 years since the last enslaved African Americans learned of their freedom — more than two years after the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation. On Saturday, our nation will commemorate Juneteenth, also known as Emancipation Day, Freedom Day, Jubilee Day or Liberation Day. 

In observance of this critically important event in our country’s history, no classes will be held at NC State on Friday, June 18. 

The first Juneteenth was a great day of celebration, and it remains so today. At the same time, our country continues to grapple with the effects of slavery, Jim Crow laws and the ongoing injustices of systemic racism. As this important date reminds us, we all must remain fully committed to doing the necessary work in front of us now to ensure an inclusive and equitable society, including and especially right here at NC State. 

This year on Juneteenth, please take time to learn about, celebrate and honor the incredible contributions of Black Americans to our university, our state and our nation. Take time to reflect on where we are as a community as it relates to achieving racial equality and what more we must do. And, perhaps most importantly, take time to identify what role you will play in moving the Pack forward toward inclusion and equality for all. 

Randy Woodson
Chancellor