Dr. 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.Full Biography
Racial Climate Town Hall and Next Steps
NC State Students, Faculty and Staff:
On behalf of myself and the administrators who attended yesterday’s Student Government Town Hall on Racial Climate, please accept our sincere thanks to all who attended this important community meeting. Particularly to the students who spoke, thank you for your heartfelt and passionate words. I admire your courage in sharing the hurtful incidents you have had to endure while at NC State.
Yesterday was a learning opportunity for many of us, myself included, to better understand the prevalence and personal impacts of bigotry in our community. Please know you were heard, and we agree - no one should have to encounter those types of painful experiences on our campus.
After yesterday’s event I was asked how I feel, personally, about the hurtful statements posted by some students earlier this week. I am personally offended and appalled that any NC State student would use those words. I think we all agree that racism and bigotry in any form have no acceptable place at NC State.
As next steps, I have asked Vice Provost of Institutional Equity and Diversity Linda McCabe Smith and Senior Director of Campus Community Centers Reggie Barnes to assemble NC State’s newly formed Bias Incident Response Team (BIRT) to review this week’s social media incident and make suggestions about how the university can improve our response to such situations.
I’ve also asked the Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity to review national best practices to determine how NC State can improve its policies and procedures regarding diversity, equity and other related issues.
Finally, at yesterday’s town hall we heard loud and clear that racism and campus climate are not issues that should fall solely on students to fix; that is absolutely correct. However, we need student voices at the table. Next week I, along with Dr. Smith, Provost Warwick Arden and Vice Chancellor for the Division of Academic and Student Affairs Mike Mullen, will meet with student leaders to talk about immediate and long-term actions needed to improve diversity and inclusion experiences at NC State.
We have serious issues to address and challenges to overcome, and change will not happen overnight.
Please know that I and university leadership are committed to the priority of ensuring a diverse and inclusive campus culture.