Dr. Randy Woodson, the 14th chancellor of North Carolina State University, is a nationally recognized scholar and academic leader who 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 pre-eminent 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 — student success.
As the landscape of funding for public universities continues to change, NC State consistently ranks in the top five best values among public universities in the U.S., according to U.S. News and World Report and 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.
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.