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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Diversity at NC State

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Recently, I met with a group of student leaders to discuss diversity and inclusion education at NC State.

Recent events around the country and within the NC State community have served to remind us all that we have not progressed as much as we would all hope in our journey toward cultural competency.

For example, a recent off campus party had as a theme BET vs. CMT. While not sponsored by an NC State affiliated organization, this event did have a number of our students in attendance and serves as another example where our university’s values are not always reflected by our community’s actions.

The Council on Undergraduate Education has been evaluating the diversity component of our General Education offerings. I have asked Provost Arden and Vice-Chancellor Mullen to insure that the student voice is part of this discussion as the committee and the faculty consider the best approach to insuring diversity and inclusion are a meaningful part of our curricula at NC State. We will also continue to emphasize the development of effective co-curricular diversity efforts on campus. For example, Respect the Pack had a very positive impact on hundreds of students this fall during Wolfpack Week.

Finally, everyday I am reminded of the amazing work of our faculty and staff as well as the impact they have on the student experience at NC State. Diversity and inclusion education is not just a student issue at this great university.   We need to insure that we are using every means possible to help our faculty and staff on their personal journey towards cultural competency. To that end, I have asked Provost Arden to work with our Offices of Institutional Equity and Diversity and Human Resources to evaluate a variety of programming opportunities for diversity education for our entire campus community.

Without a doubt, NC State is one of the country’s great universities. Together, we can make our community even stronger and serve our students well as they prepare for a diverse world.


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