The 14th chancellor of NC State, Dr. Randy Woodson, stands at a podium against a black background.


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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Wrapping up the Academic Year

To NC State Faculty, Staff and Students:

The end of the 2014-2015 academic year is quickly approaching. As we reflect back over the academic year, it has certainly been one of challenges for the Wolfpack. Of course, challenging times bring out the best at NC State, demonstrated by the giving of others.

In the fall, donor giving boosted the university endowment to an all-time high of more than $884 million. That’s an increase of 76 percent since 2010. Donors help fund new building projects and major programs, which benefit all of our faculty, staff and students. In fact, giving has increased to all colleges and units this year.

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences received the Khayrallah gift of $8.1 million to endow the Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies. This was the college’s single largest gift in history, the campus’ first endowed center and the world’s first Lebanese diaspora center outside of Lebanon.

Another major gift this year includes the Stephen P. Zelnak Jr. Dean’s Chair, NC State’s first endowed dean’s chair in the Poole College of Management, made possible by Steve and Judy Zelnak’s gift of $4 million. Another  important contribution came from the Wake County Board of Commissioners who provided $650,000 enabling the Gregg Museum to break ground.

One of the greatest triumphs of giving this year is all of the support received for the Our Three Winners Scholarships in memory of Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu-Salha and Razan Abu-Salha, who were well-known for their gifts of selfless service to the Raleigh community and abroad. In the spirit of helping others, gifts have been made from 31 states and six countries for a total of $106,000. These monetary gifts combined with NC State’s initial $60,000 have resulted in a total donation of $166,000 to honor the memory of the lives of the lost students.

Even though this academic year has had challenges, this year has been filled with gifts of time and service, which have made NC State a better place. I am confident that these wonderful character traits will carry on to the next academic year and to many years beyond.


Randy Woodson
NC State