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Chancellor Delivers 'State of N.C. State' Address

Posted September 27, 2007

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— Chancellor James Oblinger delivered his “State of N.C. State” speech Thursday to share the university’s accomplishments and his vision for the future.

Deans, administrators and key faculty have developed a new strategic plan for the university, Oblinger said. The five areas of focus are:

  • Producing leaders for the state, nation and the world
  • Creating educational innovation
  • Improving health and well being
  • Fueling economic development
  • Driving innovation in energy and the environment

During the coming year, Oblinger said the university would give added emphasis to energy.

He pointed to the university’s energy research, including a green process called “Centia” that produces fuel from virtually any fat source, including animal fats, algae, waste greases and agricultural oils.

The process was licensed this year to Arizona-based Diversified Energy Corporation.

An energy council made up of students, faculty, staff, alumni and industry leaders will direct the energy-focused efforts, which will include:

  • Investing in faculty and graduate student support, including faculty cluster hires, in energy and the environment
  • Building a pilot plant for cellulosic ethanol at Lake Wheeler, near similar pilot plants for biodiesel and biomass production
  • Leading the energy policy discussion by bringing together national leaders at the annual Emerging Issues Forum in February
  • Installing a small solar power generation station near the RBC Center in partnership with NC Greenpower - “a first step toward helping North Carolina meet the latest renewable fuel standards for the state’s utilities”
  • Welcoming some of the nation’s top research and policy experts, such as Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman, who will speak at NC State on Oct. 23.

Oblinger said the university has talked in-depth with higher education leaders from around the country about their perceptions of N.C. State and what the university can do to distinguish itself.

“One of the very clear messages that emerged from these conversations was this one: ‘N.C. State should define itself by what it is and what it can be … not by what it is not,’” Oblinger said.

Much of the chancellor’s speech focused on the need to tell the university’s stories.

“We are leaders. We have great stories to tell, true stories. Let’s all tell them,” he said.

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  • elcid89 Sep 27, 2007

    "We are PROUD and SMART rednecks!!!

    Sound Tech, we don't need to go over and prove it, if they don't believe let THEM come over here, why should we waste our time on THEM????"

    Ya'll know I love ya.

  • wolfpack_girl1976 Sep 27, 2007

    We are PROUD and SMART rednecks!!!

    Sound Tech, we don't need to go over and prove it, if they don't believe let THEM come over here, why should we waste our time on THEM????

  • Sound Tech Sep 27, 2007

    We may be rednecks, but we are the best rednecks you will ever find. Don't make me saddle up my mule and come over and prove it!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Hans_Dieter_Peter Sep 27, 2007

    woops, that should be fell, not feel.

  • Hans_Dieter_Peter Sep 27, 2007

    wow... that made my week. Almost feel out of my chair there... It's still good to see NCSU focusing on practical matters. From what I can tell, the university has really stepped up it's efforts to establish itself as a leader in technological research.

  • elcid89 Sep 27, 2007

    (note to my Moo U. brethren - I was totally just pulling your chain on that one, not being serious. Laugh!)

  • elcid89 Sep 27, 2007

    *cough*

    *cough*

    - looks around --

    "Ahem ... yup. we're still rednecks"

    (ducking)