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N.C. State OKs plans for new chancellor's house

Posted February 19, 2010

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— The North Carolina State University Board of Trustees on Friday approved plans for a $3 million chancellor's house on the school's Centennial Campus.

The 8,500-square-foot home, which will be located on the south shore of Lake Raleigh, would replace the 80-year-old residence for N.C. State chancellors on Hillsborough Road near Pullen Road.

Officials said the new residence is crucial for the kind of fundraising that a modern university needs and that it would provide a positive first impression for important visitors.

The house will be built with private contributions and donations of materials and services, officials said.

Kevin MacNaughton, N.C. State's associate vice chancellor for facilities, said plans for the house will be presented to city officials next week for permitting approval. The university hopes to begin construction on the house within 30 days, MacNaughton said, so incoming Chancellor Randy Woodson can move in next spring.


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  • we-r-just-human Feb 19, 2010

    "The house will be built with private contributions and donations of materials and services, officials said."

    We're the Easleys when you need them?

  • o6nnc Feb 19, 2010

    I think this is a good move for the university-- and just from the rendering I am impressed-- nice balance of postmodern and classical design.

  • dbrownnc Feb 19, 2010

    I have never understood the practice of ANY NC university providing a mansion for the chancellor. Even if private money builds them, don't the taxpayers pay for the upkeep, maintenance,insurance etc? This is not directed at NC State, but the whole system.

  • liskm Feb 19, 2010

    I agree CarZin and valentine girl.
    Besides that is just plain UGLY. I'd go back to the drawing board!

  • Corporal Snark Feb 19, 2010

    I hope that the new chancellor is happy about these plans for his fancy new digs. I'm sure he will be nice and relaxed when he decides to FIRE LEE FOWLER!

  • Frank Downtown Feb 19, 2010

    This is a great idea and would be so much better than the house that is squeezed inbetween Pullen Baptist Church, Hillsborough Street, Raleigh Theatre and Pullen Park. I hope they tear down the old one and give the land to the park!

  • valentine girl Feb 19, 2010

    I am glad that "supporters and private donations" will pay for this. I don't think a Chancellor needs this kind of extravagance for a residence. This building looks more like a series of condos, or gothic classroom buildings, not a home

  • CarZin Feb 19, 2010

    I am the first person to defend state spending for a lot of projects, but during this year, no state funds need to go into 'optional' projects that do not create or save jobs. We are probably not done cutting with the state, and its shameful to build a mansion for the chancellor when they are laying off people in every department. Wait to build what is probably a needed structure in a more appropriate time.