An Extraordinary Year
On Nov. 3, 2017, Chancellor Randy Woodson once again took to the floor of Stewart Theatre in Talley Student Union to explore NC State’s achievements over the previous 12 months — including a record-breaking year in private giving as part of the Think and Do the Extraordinary Campaign.
Woodson highlighted the surging demand for an NC State education and the soaring quality of its first-year students. He praised the incoming class for its academic caliber and for its diversity, noting that 514 of the 4,658 enrolled students are first-generation college students and close to a third are from underrepresented groups.
Woodson detailed the honors and awards garnered by students and faculty across NC State’s colleges. He pointed to the rapid rise in the university’s reputation and rankings, and to $407 million earned in extramural research awards — a record total for NC State and an increase of 90 percent since 2008.
While praising the university’s growing stature, Woodson also took time to highlight the efforts of faculty and staff who do “everything we can to make [NC State] small — and make it a community.” He pointed to new facilities such as interfaith prayer and meditation spaces, the Military and Veteran Resource Center in the Witherspoon Student Center and the newly renovated Gregg Museum of Art & Design.
Woodson also emphasized the return on investment this university offers to its students. He spotlighted NC State’s No. 5 ranking for value among public universities from U.S. News & World Report — and its status as the “best college for the money” in North Carolina, according to Money magazine.
Echoing his words from this year’s convocation, Woodson emphasized that the community must “be vigilant in upholding and promoting our shared NC State values of diversity and equity … and vigorously reject violence, bigotry, intolerance and hatred.” He called on the community to reflect on how special it is to be a part of the Wolfpack.
Below, you’ll discover more highlights from this year’s address as it unfolded live on NC State’s Twitter.