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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Summer Reflection

Dear NC State Community:

I am so proud of all the work you have done this 2019 spring semester. With summer just beginning, I want to take a moment to reflect on all that you have accomplished in recent weeks.

Congratulations again to all the students who graduated in May. I would like to thank you for your effort, determination, and leadership that positively shaped the student community at NC State during your time here. I hope that you continue to embody NC State’s way of thinking now that you’ve graduated. Whether you’re traveling, furthering your education, or starting a new job, always remember to Think and Do. The entire Wolfpack community looks forward to hearing of your future accomplishments, and we hope that you will continue to be involved in the success and mission of NC State.

To underclassmen and rising seniors, congratulations on completing another step in your educational journey. As you embark on the next step of this important journey this summer, I encourage you to think deeply about how you can take full advantage of the many opportunities you have. Summer is a great time to travel, explore your passions, continue your education, and serve the community. I hope you use this time to grow as an individual and learn more about how you can make your mark on the surrounding community and the world.

I would also like to extend my congratulations to our amazing faculty and staff for bringing another successful academic year to a close. I wish each of you the best in the summer months to come. Whether it be continuing your research, teaching abroad or on campus, or enjoying personal travel time, I hope you make the most of your experiences and are ready to begin a new academic year this fall.

With that in mind, let me also take a moment to say congratulations and welcome to our newly admitted first-year and transfer students. I hope that you are as excited to join the Wolfpack as we are to have you.

I look forward to seeing all of you – students, faculty, staff and alumni – on campus again soon.



Randy Woodson