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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Wrapping Up the Semester

Dear NC State Community:

The end of the semester has arrived. As we welcome you back from Thanksgiving break filled with well-deserved rest and quality time with family and friends, I want to note what an exciting time of year it is for our university. It is hard to believe that we are now in the final week of classes with exams around the corner and a new decade on the horizon.

For our freshmen, their first college level final exams are upon you. These exams are challenging, but have confidence in yourself and the hard work that you have put into your studies these past sixteen weeks. You are prepared for this, but should you feel overwhelmed, please know that your teachers, faculty, friends and family are all here to support and encourage you. We also have so many campus resources willing to assist you, such as the tutoring centers and counseling center.

For our graduating seniors, this is your last set of finals. The university is immensely proud of the dedication you have put forth towards academic excellence during your time here at NC State. As you near the finish line, I encourage you to put your best foot forward with your final projects and exams. I am looking forward to celebrating your accomplishments at commencement and the upcoming chapter of your life as alumni of this great university.

For our faculty and staff, the next three weeks bring the culmination of all the hard work you have put into making NC State an incredible place over the past semester and even the past year. As 2019 comes to a close, I hope that you all find a moment to appreciate the impact you have made here and look forward to your return in 2020. For those of you who are retiring, thank you for your dedicated service to NC State.

I can honestly say the semester has flown by as I reflect on all the memorable events that have happened here over the past few months. I know these next few weeks will be very busy for us all, but I encourage you to work hard and make time for friends and family. We truly are one Wolfpack family, and that family will get bigger this spring as we welcome new students to campus through our Spring Connection program.

Good luck Wolfpack. We cannot wait to see you for the start of another extraordinary semester in January!


Randy Woodson