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About W. Randolph Woodson

Dr. Randy Woodson is North Carolina State University's 14th chancellor. Chancellor Woodson came to NC State from Purdue University where he served most recently as the executive vice president for academic affairs and provost.

Dr. William R. "Randy" Woodson was named the 14th chancellor of North Carolina State University on January 8, 2010.

Chancellor Randy Woodson and his wife, Susan.

Woodson arrived at NC State from Purdue University, where he most recently served as executive vice president for academic affairs and provost. He took on the role of provost in May 2008, after serving nearly four years as the Glenn W. Sample Dean of Agriculture. Prior to that, Woodson was the associate dean of agriculture and director of the Office of Agricultural Research Programs at Purdue from 1998 to 2004.

Woodson’s career has been shaped by the land-grant university system, receiving B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in horticulture from the University of Arkansas and Cornell University, respectively

After beginning his academic career at Louisiana State University in 1983, He joined the Purdue faculty in 1985 as an assistant professor in the Department of Horticulture.

Prior to his administrative appointments, Woodson also served as head of the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture at Purdue and was a visiting scholar at the École Nationale Supérieure Agronomique de Toulouse in France.

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Over his decades-long career in higher education, Dr. Woodson has contributed a substantial body of knowledge to the field of plant science, which has been published in over 100 journal articles and book chapters.

His research has covered topics such as plant genetics, molecular biology, biotechnology and sustainable bioproducts development, spanning the gap between the detailed science of plant physiology and the practical application of this knowledge in the field of horticulture.

UNC System President Emeritus Bill Friday shakes hands with Chancellor Woodson.

Discoveries in Woodson’s program led to the development of molecular approaches to improve post-harvest storage and shipping of horticultural products, increasing the useful life for the consumer.

His research has been featured in stories published in BusinessWeek, The Futurist, and Discover.

Woodson has received a number of professional honors during his career, including the Purdue University Agriculture Research Award and the the American Society for Horticultural Science Outstanding Researcher Career Award.

He has also recieved the Sagamore of the Wabash Award, which is the highest award presented by the governor of Indiana for service. He is a fellow of the American Society for Horticultural Science.

Woodson and his wife, Susan, have three adult children.