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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Welcome Back, Pack

NC State Students, Faculty and Staff:

Happy New Year, and welcome back to campus. I hope you were able to rest, have some fun, enjoy time with family and friends over the winter break, and are ready for a successful spring semester.

Looking back for a moment, by many accounts 2016 was an absolutely extraordinary year for NC State.
Our faculty earned some of the world’s most prestigious awards for their cutting-edge research. Our staff earned recognition for their dedication, expertise and heroism. Our alumni and friends supported the university at unsurpassed levels, enabling us to launch the Think and Do the Extraordinary Campaign to raise $1.6 billion for scholarships, academic programs, research and facilities.

Of course, NC State students continued to excel, earning top honors, conducting remarkable research and scholarship, and improving the community through such efforts as Build-A-Block, the largest Habitat for Humanity project ever associated with a U.S. college. Nearly 9,000 new NC State graduates left campus last year ready to make a positive impact on their state, this nation and our world.

Building on this momentum, I’m excited to see what our students, faculty and staff will accomplish in 2017.

As we begin this new semester, I encourage you to be involved in discussions and activities related to the important issues of our time. A public university is a unique environment in which to learn not only in your field of study but also from others with different backgrounds and perspectives. A great advantage of a large, diverse university community is the opportunity to passionately and respectfully come together to discuss and debate critical issues, to listen, engage and learn.

Finally, I encourage you to reflect for a moment on how special it is to be part of NC State. Think about the meaning and power in Rudyard Kipling’s famous words that so aptly describe this community, “For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.” As we move forward in this new year, our strength lies in our community.

I am confident this year can be the best one ever for NC State. I am confident that our Pack can accomplish amazing outcomes, improving the future for everyone in our community and in the world around us. I am confident that, together, we will think and do the extraordinary in 2017.

I hope you have a wonderful semester.

Randy Woodson