Chancellor says N.C. State needs to raise its profile

Posted April 14, 2010

— New North Carolina State University Chancellor Randy Woodson says one of his top priorities is to raise the university's national reputation, meaning administrators, faculty and students can no longer be modest about their achievements.

"The state motto is 'To be rather than to seem,' in other words, don't be boastful, just be practical," Woodson said. "N.C. State has taken that to a new level.

"My sense is to work hard and to be world-class and to remind people of who you are," he said.

N.C. State Chancellor Randy Woodson Woodson plans transparency at N.C. State

Woodson spent 25 years at Purdue University – like N.C. State, it's a land-grant university known for its engineering and agricultural sciences schools – as a plant researcher and university administrator. He said he wasn't looking to leave but is glad to be in North Carolina.

"I grew up in Arkansas, and I know what pine pollen is all about," he said with a laugh. "It was quite welcomed last week to experience pine pollen in its most amazing sense."

The 14th chancellor in N.C. State's 123-year history, he was hired after former Chancellor James Oblinger resigned in the wake of the controversy over the hiring and promotion of former first lady Mary Easley.

"The most important thing for N.C. State and for me as chancellor is to restore confidence and trust in the leadership of the institution, and the best way to do that is to do my job and to do it transparently and effectively," Woodson said.

A self-described "huge" sports fan, he said he's committed to excellence in athletics as well as academics.

"We need to be competitive as any university in the country in recruiting the best academic talent in the country, and we are," he said.

Watch the complete interview with Randy Woodson on WRAL's "On the Record" with David Crabtree at 7 p.m. Saturday.


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  • venitapeyton Apr 14, 2010

    Allow in new blood. The good ole boy/gray has gotten boring.

  • Big Mike Apr 14, 2010

    It's sad that people base their impressions of a university soley upon the merits of their athletic programs. Maybe 2000 students take part in the major sports while the other 20,000 brilliant people go unannounced.

    Time to rethink what is really important in life.....maybe an education!

  • theartistformerlyknownasspeedy Apr 14, 2010

    "The employers who hire NC State graduates again and again already know about the engineering school."

    Yes, they do. I wouldn't be bragging about that.

  • Suasponte Apr 14, 2010

    You already have a huge national reputation...for expensive, losing sports programs who seek out thugs for "student athletes"

    Your Criminal Justice specialty programs has produced some of the states biggest criminals....Easley(s), Campbell, Oblinger, Nielson....

    How about forgoing the reputation thingy and educate our children. If you want to manage a sports team, join the NBA.

  • tatermommy52 Apr 14, 2010

    CLUE: Nobody named Easily should be hired.

  • ikeyboy Apr 14, 2010

    Got to get rid of some of the good ole boys, the back slappers who cannot introduce someone without making grammatical errors. That occurred at NCSU when the Chancellor was introduced.

  • Viewer Apr 14, 2010

    The employers who hire NC State graduates again and again already know about the engineering school.

  • Wheelman Apr 14, 2010

    Then do something about Fowler.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Apr 14, 2010

    Obviously, you raise your profile by providing the best academic environment and having great accomplishments. But nothing puts it on the national stage faster than a thriving athletics program. Like it or not, its the truth.