James H. Woodward

Honorary Doctor of Sciences Degree

James H. Woodward is a former Chancellor of North Carolina State University whose illustrious career in higher education has spanned nearly half a century. Dr. Woodward led NC State from June 2009 through March 2010, navigating a transitional period for the university with stability and transparency. His devotion to creating a supportive environment and growing the university’s reputation across the state, nation and world established a foundation for the transformational work NC State continues today. Before coming to NC State, Dr. Woodward served as the Chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte from 1989 to 2005, and currently serves as Chancellor-Emeritus. During his tenure at UNC Charlotte, he oversaw the significant expansion of the school to more than 19,000 students, the awarding of the school’s first doctoral degrees and the largest fundraising campaign in the school’s history. Prior to his tenure at UNC Charlotte, Dr. Woodward worked for twenty years at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in a number of roles. His roots in teaching, Dr. Woodward taught as a Professor of Engineering and Engineering Mechanics and was Dean of the School of Engineering at University of Alabama at Birmingham before moving to an administrative leadership role as Senior Vice President. His teaching career began at the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he was promoted from First Lieutenant to Captain in 1968 and taught Engineering Mechanics. From 1968 to 1969, Dr. Woodward worked as an Assistant Professor of Engineering at NC State, the university that he would lead as Chancellor four decades later. Dr. Woodward’s leadership and commitment to North Carolina extend well beyond the classroom. He has served as a member of the UNC Tomorrow Commission and the North Carolina Education Lottery Commission, as well as on the Board of Directors for MCNC, Inc. (Chair), Mecklenburg Citizens for Public Education (Chair) and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Foundation (Chair). He was also Chair of the Board of Visitors for the USAF Air University. Dr. Woodward has received numerous awards and honors for his dedication and generosity to the state and beyond, including the National Conference for Community and Justice Humanitarian Award, the Rodney D. Chipp Memorial Award from the Society of Women Engineers, the Charlotte Chamber and Business Journal Excellence in Management Award, an Honorary Doctor of Laws and Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, an Honorary Doctor of Public Service Degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and the Order of the Long Leaf Pine. He is also a member of the Georgia Institute of Technology Academy of Distinguished Engineering Alumni, where he received his undergraduate, masters and Ph.D. in Engineering Mechanics. Dr. Woodward and his wife, Martha, have three adult children and six grandchildren.