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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Response to Verdict in the Ahmaud Arbery Murder Trial

Dear NC State Community,

Over the last few weeks, people across the nation and in our NC State community have closely watched the trials of Kyle Rittenhouse and the men accused of killing Ahmaud Arbery. These trials, and especially the troubling events that created them, have stirred the grief, anger, fear and anxiety that many in our community have had to carry for too long.

Today’s verdict finding three men guilty of murder in Ahmaud Arbery’s death – along with the recent Charlottesville trial outcome – have brought a moment of relief and hope for progress and accountability. At the same time, we also acknowledge the pain and anguish many members of our community continue to feel over these events and the ongoing effects of long-term systemic racism in our country.

NC State’s leadership and I stand in strong support of our Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) community members and in unity with all in our Wolfpack who are committed to ensuring an inclusive and supportive environment for all, on our campus and in the world around us.

As we head into finals and the conclusion of the fall semester, please be mindful to take care of yourself and take time to reach out to others around you who might need some support – that’s what it means to be part of this Pack.

And, if you are struggling or know someone who is, NC State provides a variety of resources for our students, faculty and staff; we encourage you to take advantage of this support. The university offers free resources through our NC State Counseling Center for students (virtual appointments are available) and through the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program for employees. We also have a number of additional support resources for the NC State community.


Randy Woodson