Chancellor Randy Woodson delivers his annual address to a crowd of faculty, staff, alumni and students.

2016 Chancellor’s Fall Address

"In times of opportunity, the Wolfpack comes together."

On Friday, Oct. 28, Chancellor Randy Woodson stood before the NC State community to deliver his annual fall address. He applauded the university’s many achievements, spoke to some of its challenges and looked ahead to the largest fundraising campaign in NC State history, “one that will shape our university for generations to come.”

You can read a complete transcript of the chancellor’s remarks here.

"I sincerely believe the world, and the challenges it faces, are uniquely suited to where NC State excels."

Making NC State Extraordinary

Chancellor Woodson began his speech by reflecting on divisive incidents and issues across the country, as well as “the struggle that our underrepresented communities experience far too often.” He praised NC State students for their peaceful and passionate participation in campus life — and he reaffirmed his commitment to making the university a welcoming place for everyone.

The chancellor also outlined the opportunities that would be created through NC State’s capital fundraising campaignThink and Do the Extraordinary: more scholarships and fellowships, growth in faculty and support for research, programs and cutting-edge facilities. He emphasized that the campaign would ensure that NC State remains accessible and affordable, “so we can enroll the brightest students, regardless of their economic status.”

Over the course of his address, the chancellor catalogued many of the achievements of university faculty, staff and students, gave particular notice to new leadership appointments and expressed his own proud feelings about the work NC State is doing.


As the chancellor spoke, social media across campus covered the event live from Stewart Theatre. Take a look back at the #StateOfNCState: