The UNC System Board of Governors elected William Randolph “Randy” Woodson, right, chancellor of NC State at its meeting Friday morning. Woodson has been Purdue University’s executive vice president for academic affairs and provost since 2008. He joined the Indiana university’s faculty in 1985 and has served in a variety of other administrative roles, including dean of agriculture. From ncsu.edu:
In recommending Woodson, [UNC System President Erskine] Bowles said, “There is not a doubt in my mind that Randy Woodson is absolutely the right person to lead North Carolina State today and in the years ahead. Over the past 25 years, he has accumulated a wealth of academic and leadership experience at one of the best land-grant institutions in America. At each step along the way, he has proven himself to be an engaged and effective leader who promotes openness and collaboration, strategic thinking and creative problem-solving, and a real-life commitment to academic excellence and student success. He also has earned a reputation for great integrity, sound judgement and an unwavering commitment to the special mission of the land-grant university. I am convinced that Randy Woodson brings the right mix of experience, expertise, skills and passion needed to be a truly great chancellor for NC State, and I am thrilled that he has agreed to join our leadership team.”
Updated: The News & Observer has video of Chancellor Woodson speaking at this morning’s meeting.
Update #2: NC State Web Communications has posted a story in which Chancellor Woodson talks about his approach to leadership and some areas that will get his attention early.