This morning at Reynolds Coliseum, Randy Woodson was installed as NC State’s 14th chancellor. You can watch the video of the ceremony here (you’ll need to install Microsoft Silverlight to view it). We’re using this post to collect links about Chancellor Woodson, and we will post additional photos and video when they become available.
Woodson spoke with The News & Observer recently for a Q&A that appeared online yesterday. Here are some excerpts:
On his early impressions of the job
There haven’t been a lot of surprises. The institution is so similar academically to where I came from, I feel the academic part hasn’t been a surprise. The only surprises have been positive – the strength of our faculty and students. If there is a surprise, it’s a positive one about how committed our alumni and fans are about the institution.
On legislative priorities
A big one for us is to make sure that the tuition students pay stays on campus. The students are investing in their education. Where their tuition goes . . . needs to be transparent and clear. And always a big issue is making sure there’s adequate funding for financial aid for students with the most significant financial need. It’s going to be a difficult session all the way around. We understand that.
On alumni and fan interest and hiring a new athletics director
I get a glimpse of it every day. There’s not a day that goes on where I don’t spend a day with alumni and other stake-holders. It’s not just athletics. People are committed to N.C. State. but certainly coming in and one of the first things I had to deal with was athletics, it gave me a strong sense of how people feel about the Wolfpack.
On doing a better job telling NC State’s story
I think it’s happening. We’ve got a much more uniform way to tell our story now. Our web presence is more uniform. We’re more mindful of the brand, and we’re more prepared to talk about the success of N.C. State. It’s still a work in progress, but I think all of us at N.C. State can’t hide our light under our basket. We need people across the country and, frankly, around the world, to see the impact of N.C. State.
It’s helpful for The Wall Street Journal to identify us as a top 25 institution for recruiters. It’s something we just have to keep working hard at. We’re such a practical university, we’re real focused on solving the problems we’re addressing in research, we sometimes don’t step back and talk about it in a global context.