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 2020 Graduates


Dear Wolfpack,

Tomorrow is a special day for the NC State community, and I invite all of you — students, faculty and staff, parents, families and friends of NC State — to join the celebration. We are holding a virtual commencement to honor all of our 2020 graduates from the spring, summer and fall — that’s 9,127 remarkable achievers who made it to the finish line despite immense challenges this year.

These graduates remained focused and steadfast in the pursuit of their goals while having to change the way they live, learn and work at the eleventh hour. They have sharpened their interests, and they are motivated and ready to tackle the grand challenges of society.

As we send these graduates out into the world, I hope you will take this opportunity to rally together and feel a sense of Pack pride and accomplishment. Our faculty and staff moved mountains this past year to help keep our students healthy and on track with their academic progress.

So please join me tomorrow in celebrating their accomplishments, sharing in their stories and wishing them well during our virtual commencement at 6 p.m. EST. We have some incredible speakers, highlighted by NC State alumna and NASA astronaut Christina Koch; a performance by the NC State University Chorale; and, of course, Wolfpack pride throughout.

Thank you all for your hard work this year. I hope to see you at tomorrow’s celebration. And if you’re unable to attend, please take some time to view the recorded version in the days ahead.

Go Pack!

Randy Woodson
Chancellor