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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NC State and Olympic Pride


NC State community:

As you are enjoying the remainder of your summer and gearing up for the fall semester, I hope you will find the time to tune in and cheer for our outstanding NC State student-athletes and alumni who are competing in the 2020 Olympic Games. We have a record-setting 12 Olympians affiliated with NC State who will be competing in Tokyo over the next two weeks. 

NC State’s representatives competing at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics are: Lucas Kozeniesky (USA, shooting); Gabriele Cunningham (USA, women’s track and field); Anton Ipsen (Denmark, men’s swimming), Alexander Norgaard (Denmark, men’s swimming); Andreas Vazaios (Greece, men’s swimming); Simonas Bilis (Lithuania, men’s swimming); Tatyana Forbes (Mexico, women’s softball); Nyls Korstanje (Netherlands, men’s swimming); Kacper Stokowski (Poland, men’s swimming); Andrea Podmanikova (Slovakia, women’s swimming); Sophie Hansson (Sweden, women’s swimming); Noe Ponti (Switzerland, men’s swimming). In addition NC State head volleyball coach Luka Slabe is an assistant for this year’s Team USA women’s volleyball squad. 

I encourage you to read this Bulletin article and learn more about our competitors and NC State’s long and proud Olympic history. It is truly impressive what our current, former and future student-athletes have achieved so far, and I am confident that the best is yet to come.

I am always proud to be chancellor of NC State, but moments like these — when members of our Pack have such incredible opportunities for success — make being part of this community even more special. I hope you enjoy the Olympics. Go Team USA, and go Pack!

Randy Woodson
Chancellor