Chancellor

Fourteen chancellors have led NC State since its founding in 1887. Under the leadership of Dr. Randy Woodson, North Carolina’s largest university has bolstered its reputation as a pre-eminent research enterprise.


Chancellor WoodsonDr. Randy Woodson, the 14th chancellor of North Carolina State University, is a nationally recognized scholar and academic leader and oversees the largest university in North Carolina with more than 34,000 students and a budget of $1.4 billion. Under his leadership, NC State has built upon its reputation as a preeminent research institution and has witnessed many transformative changes – The opening of the James B. Hunt Jr. Library on Centennial Campus, the launch of the College of Sciences and the completion of the Lonnie Poole Golf Course.

Even in the face of unprecedented financial challenges, these advances were made possible thanks to Woodson's Strategic Plan, which aligned the university for greater effectiveness, efficiency and most importantly, greater student success.

As the landscape of funding for public universities continues to change, NC State consistently ranks in the Top 5 best values among public universities in the U.S., according to publications like the Wall Street Journal and the Princeton Review.

Chancellor Woodson has extensive experience as a member of university faculty and administration with a reputation for consensus building throughout his 30 year career in higher education. He came to NC State from Purdue University, where he most recently served as Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Dr. Woodson is an internationally renowned plant molecular biologist specializing in reproductive processes in agricultural crops. He earned his undergraduate degree in Horticulture from the University of Arkansas and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Plant Physiology from Cornell University.

Randy and Susan Woodson have three adult children.

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State Budget Update


Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

On June 28, 2017, the State of North Carolina passed a $23 billion state budget. State-appropriated funds comprise approximately one-third of NC State’s budget, so each year we monitor and advocate for what is best for our students and our university’s ability to create economic, societal and intellectual prosperity for the people of North Carolina and the country.

I am happy to share that this budget does not include a management flexibility reduction in Fiscal Year 2017-18 and funds several university priorities which enable us to advance our strategic objectives.

Faculty and staff will be pleased to see that the budget includes a $1,000 across-the-board salary increase for full-time SHRA university employees and a funding pool equivalent to $1,000 for each State-funded EHRA FTE; we are waiting on specific guidance from UNC General Administration. The budget also provides three annual leave days for all full-time employees. We appreciate the legislature’s recognition of our valuable faculty and staff.

Funding provided for university priorities includes:

  • Full funding for enrollment growth

  • Full funding for building reserves

  • $50.5 million for repairs and renovations

  • $2 million non-recurring for NC State’s participation in the National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals in FY 2017-18

  • Funding for NC State’s Cooperative Extension, to include $700,000 continuing in FY 2017-18 and an additional $100,000 continuing in FY 2018-19

  • $5.1 million for the Food Processing Innovation Center, to be housed at the NC Research Campus in partnership with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, $700,000 of which is continuing

  • $1 million non-recurring for Faculty Recruitment and Retention


In addition to these, there are several special provisions that will affect NC State and the UNC system. These include:

  • Basing enrollment funding on verification of actual enrollment.

  • Requiring that the Board of Governors monitor the creation of new positions over $70,000 and any salary increase of more than 5% that would result in an annual salary of $100,000 or greater.

  • Directing the Board of Governors to study equal opportunity policies at each campus.


We appreciate the General Assembly’s recognition of our important work fostering research and innovation for real-world impact. Their support demonstrates confidence in our ability to tackle society’s grand challenges.

More specific details will be shared once the Board of Governors determines campus allocations and provides further direction.