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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Amazing Day of Giving

Dear NC State Community:

I am enormously proud of the Wolfpack family. The outstanding response we had to our first ever Day of Giving last week was amazing! We raised more than $13.5 million dollars from over 10,000 gifts to support student success, infrastructure, research and academics, and we did it together – as the Wolfpack.

All of the funds raised count toward the university’s ongoing $1.6 billion capital campaign, Think and Do the Extraordinary, the most ambitious fundraising campaign in NC State’s history. We have certainly done something extraordinary with the Day of Giving.

I want to thank all of you for making NC State’s Day of Giving such a phenomenal success. For all of our staff who worked behind the scenes on creating and judging the challenges, tracking donations and updating the leaderboards, and staying up into all hours of the morning: thank you! To all of our donors, whether you’re alumni or students, current or former faculty and staff, or friends of the university from near and far: thank you!

It was wonderful to see all of the #GivingPack posts on social media, and get a sense of how individual members of the Wolfpack connect with the university. I am continually in awe and humbled by the love for NC State that unites people across generations and around the world.

NC State’s success would not be possible without you. And I’m not just talking about our success with Day of Giving – I’m talking about our success each and every day. Thank you for making NC State such an incredible place. Go Pack!


Randy Woodson