Incoming Chancellor Randy Woodson met with The News & Observer yesterday and talked in detail about some of his goals for the university, including growing the endowment and taking bold academic risks:
“The grand challenges of society now – water, climate, energy – have science and technology issues that have to be resolved, and N.C. State is in a tremendous position to be among the leading institutions in the country that address those challenges. But we can’t do that if we’re not strong in engineering, the physical sciences and mathematics,” Woodson said.
“So academic risk is when you step up in front of your colleagues, and put a stake in the ground and say, at the risk of offending another discipline, we’re going to the next level in chemical engineering or we’re going to the next level in molecular biology and the life sciences.”
Look for an in-depth interview with Woodson in the Spring 2010 issue of NC State magazine. And in the coming months, we’ll be hosting events around North Carolina where alumni and friends can meet and talk with Woodson. We’ll announce dates and locations soon.