NC State's chancellor gets new $3.5M house

Posted December 20, 2011
Updated December 21, 2011

A look at The Point - the new $3.5 million home of North Carolina State University's chancellor.

— The new $3.5 million house for North Carolina State University's chancellor is an investment in the school's plans to reach out to private donors, a university official said Tuesday.

The 8,500-square-foot mansion, which opened for media tours this week, is named The Point because of its location overlooking Lake Raleigh on N.C. State’s Centennial Campus and the leader's job of keeping the university "on point."

All of the wood detailing the home is from N.C. State's forest, and the oak floors were donated by the N.C. State Forestry Foundation. The floor plan was created by the school's College of Design team.

"This house is very much of North Carolina," Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities Kevin MacNaughton said. "It really was much like an old barn-raising, in the old days, where people just came together to make it happen."

More than 70 individuals and businesses donated the money to build the new house, which contains a cozy family room, floor-to-ceiling bookcases and a state-of-the-art kitchen.

When asked how the university justifies spending that much money on a house when the school is cutting jobs and eliminating courses, MacNaughton said the house will be a hub for the university's efforts to build relationships with private donors.  ncsu chancellor home NCSU chancellor gets new house

"What we're seeing now is all the more important for us as a university to reach out to the private sector to help," he said.

The downstairs area will also serve as a place for the chancellor to host events, as often as once a week, and to build relationships. It can hold up to 200 people inside or on the back patio. 

"It's really an investment to bring private dollars for the university," MacNaughton said.

The house was also built to be environmentally friendly. It uses geothermal heating and cooling and sustainable materials. Most of the lighting inside is from LEDs, which last longer than the typical incandescent or fluorescent bulbs.

The chancellor will reside upstairs in a 3,000-square-foot private living area.

Chancellor Randy Woodson and his wife moved in Oct. 28. The first fundraiser they hosted in the new home was Nov. 16. Since, they have hosted about a half-dozen fundraising events, officials said. 

The old chancellor's residence, located at the intersection of Pullen Road and Hillsborough Street, was built in 1928. The residence will be the future home of the Gregg Museum of Art and Design.

The museum used to be located in the Talley Student Center but had to move out because of renovations at the center.


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  • michaelclay Dec 22, 2011

    DontLikeTheSocialistObama, you really didn't read this artical did you? If you had you would have the statement that said "More than 70 individuals and businesses donated the money to build the new house." By the way this is a state university with relitively low tutition compared to Duke or Wake Forest.

  • vinny-bob Dec 22, 2011

    Please read the article before you bloviate! The author of this piece was looking for a reaction from an uninformed readership, and she got you -- hook, line, and sinker.

    "More than 70 individuals and businesses donated the money to build the new house..."

    My $0.02: If individuals and businesses want to build the Chancellor a new home, then more power to them. They should be able to spend their money however they like without interference from me or you.

    A valid concern is the added expense for upkeep. However, the increase in funds received by wining and dining those donors and alumni with deep pockets should more than cover those extra expenses.

  • quaten Dec 21, 2011

    I had better go buy a lot cheese to go along with all the whining. so what's the program? Just whine over everything? It sounds like a lot of fifth graders that have no idea at all about how things work. >>fayncmike

    Perhaps after all the cheese has been moved, we'll see if this grand plan for revenue generation really works.

    In the mean time, it's been built and it's pointless to tear it down, so let's see what happens. After all - ..."The floor plan was created by the school's College of Design team..." - so we should at least applaude that effort.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Dec 21, 2011

    It's a sad state of affairs when they raise tuition in this recession to pay for the Chancellor's new $3.5 Million house.

    No wonder tuition is increasing faster than the inflation rate.

    Colleges have forgot they are in the business to educate students.

  • hfmichael Dec 21, 2011

    colleges & universities need money when times get tight, but to build this now, in this economy, and use the excuse for it a space to attract donors....just sickening...FAIL FOR NC STATE!!!

  • jgilchr Dec 21, 2011

    Perhaps the private donors should give to alleviate budget cuts that impact the quality of education. Let us not forget coming tuition hikes as well.

  • davido Dec 21, 2011

    Wow, the chancellor has been reduced to living in subsidized housing. Tough times!

  • ListentoMeNow Dec 21, 2011

    This makes me sick. It wasn't that long ago that the old residence near Pullen Park underwent a large redecoration. To justify that this will a focus for future donors is a ridiculous statement. Being an NCSU alumni all it shows me is that any money I may send them will be used as they want and not for the good of the students. Consider my pledge cut as of right now. But you know this has always been the way and will continue to do so until you get a school leader in power that learns to use the word "no".

  • 426X3 Dec 21, 2011

    A little over the top perhaps? Just curious if the Chancellor has to pay the utilities?

  • barbstillkickin Dec 21, 2011

    Must be nice that our tax money is able to build this mansion for one family to live in. I have been trying to get a handicapped toilet and tub for a long time but no one can help me. We all need to stop letting this state take our hard earned money and spend it this way.