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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Take Care of the Pack

NC State Students, Faculty and Staff:

Our nation and our world have unfortunately experienced several tragedies this year, including natural disasters and extreme acts of violence. We know these events have real impacts on members of the Wolfpack, and often on our overall community.

Since the academic year began we’ve witnessed, for example, hurricanes that ravaged Texas, the southeast and Puerto Rico, and a massively destructive earthquake in Mexico. We’ve seen hateful incidents that took a life in Virginia. This week, we experienced the beyond-words horrific shooting in Las Vegas.

NC State has students, faculty and staff come from across the United States and throughout the world, and there are undoubtedly many on campus who are directly impacted or have family members or friends personally effected by these and other tragedies. We also know these types of tragic events can significantly affect us even when we are not personally involved.

If the shooting in Las Vegas, recent hurricanes, or any other situation has you feeling depressed, fearful, overwhelmed or otherwise in need of support, students should not hesitate to contact one of the several counselors available 24 hours a day by calling 919-515-2423. Students can also visit the Counseling Center on the second floor of the Student Health Center on campus from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. weekdays. Faculty and staff can access confidential counseling through the university’s Faculty and Staff Assistance Program by calling 866-467-0467.

Additional mental health and wellness resources, and a variety of other health and safety information, is available on the Protect the Pack website. Please take a few minutes to review this important information.

Please take care of yourselves, look out for and take care of other members of the Pack who might be struggling or hurting, and do not hesitate to talk with the many caring professionals here to help.

Randy Woodson, Chancellor