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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Chancellor’s Message Regarding Recent Events in Charlotte

Dear NC State Students, Faculty and Staff:

Far too many times over the last several months I’ve felt the need to send a message to our campus community addressing tragic events happening around the world, across our nation, and now close to home in our own state. Like many in our community, I’ve watched with great sadness as the events unfolding in Charlotte have again sent grief and unrest across our country.

On behalf of NC State, I’d like to offer our sympathies to all in our community who have been affected by these events.

As we each struggle with how to deal with these latest events, I encourage everyone to do so in healthy, peaceful and productive ways. At NC State, we encourage our community to make their voices heard in a respectful manner.

If you feel you need to talk to someone about the events in Charlotte, or any other situations, 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. Professional staff members are also available for students, faculty and staff in the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity by calling 919-515-3148.

As we join campuses and communities in our own state and across the country in addressing issues of race, intolerance and discrimination, I want to to reiterate NC State’s deep commitment to diversity and equity. NC State will continue striving to ensure that our environment supports and encourages the free and open exchange of ideas and opinions while also ensuring that all members of our community feel safe and are treated with dignity and respect.

Working together, we will continue to bring about positive change and move this university, and our society, forward.

Thank you,

Randy Woodson
NC State