Abbreviated Biography

Randy Woodson

Dr. Randy Woodson

Dr. Randy Woodson is North Carolina State University's 14th chancellor. In this capacity, he oversees North Carolina's largest university with over 34,000 students and a budget exceeding $1.3 billion. Chancellor Woodson is a nationally recognized leader in bridging the gap between vision and action. He has led the development and implementation of a strategic plan to enhance NC State's position as a preeminent technological research university recognized around the globe for its innovative education and research addressing the grand challenges of society. Since coming to NC State in 2010, Chancellor Woodson also has led NC State through difficult budget challenges, realigning the university for greater efficiency and effectiveness in order to ensure its continued success.

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.

He and his wife Susan have three adult children.