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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Rewarding our Employees

To NC State Faculty, Staff and Students:

The success NC State enjoys is the result of the dedication and hard work of our employees.  Recruiting, retaining and rewarding our faculty and staff is our highest priority.  We are most grateful that the North Carolina General Assembly included in the budget a $1,000 across-the-board salary increase plus associated benefits to all SPA employees (pro-rated for part-time employees).  I want to thank the HR and IT departments for working all last weekend to load the new calculations into the payroll system.  Thanks to their quick work, the salary increases for SPA employees will appear in their August pay, and it is retroactive to July 1, the beginning of the new fiscal year.

Our SPA employees have faced the brunt of budget cuts in recent years and we are very grateful for this opportunity to reward them for their commitment to NC State.

While the new budget did not include funding for raises for our EPA employees, it did lift many of the restrictions on the reasons for which appropriated funds can be used for salary adjustments.

Therefore, it is our intention to allow colleges and divisions to make salary adjustments to address merit, market and equity needs within the EPA non-faculty and faculty ranks.  There will be limits, of course, and these will be subject to any forthcoming guidance we receive from UNC General Administration and the realities of the budget after it is finalized by the Board of Governors in September.

The budget also includes five non-expiring bonus days for all employees.

Please be assured that I recognize how critical it is that we work hard to identify the resources that allow us to recruit, retain and reward the faculty and staff that make NC State a world class institution and an economic engine for North Carolina.

Thank you all for your commitment to our great university and I look forward to an outstanding year.

Randy Woodson
NC State