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N.C. State formally installs Woodson as chancellor

Posted October 26, 2010

— North Carolina State University formally installed a new chancellor Tuesday who has been on the job for months and already seen a lot of changes.

Chancellor Randy Woodson was celebrated at a ceremony in Reynolds Coliseum.

"We want to enhance the academic reputation of N.C. State by recruiting and retaining the best faculty, by graduating students (and) making sure our students are successful here," Woodson said. "And my view is that you set your sights on being among the best and the rankings will follow."

Woodson was a provost at Purdue University when he was picked in January to lead the Raleigh campus. He started his job in April.

He succeeds James Woodward, who served as interim chancellor after the resignation of James Oblinger. Oblinger resigned amid questions over his role in the hiring of former first lady Mary Easley, a controversy that also caused the school’s provost and trustee chairman to resign.

N.C. State has since dropped athletic director Lee Fowler after a 10-year run and dismissed a grievance filed last year by Easley.

Woodson said in April that his top priorities would be to lift the university’s national image and to bring back trust.

"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," he said.

N.C. State supporter Elizabeth Samuels called Woodson "phenomenal" and "a breath of fresh air." Student Body President Kelly Hook said Woodson took time to talk with students in a tailgate lot before a football game and played guitar with students at another event.

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  • cary1969 Oct 26, 2010

    "I'll give you first aid and swimming(both boy scout merit badges), but backpacking and rockclimbing are life skills that I'd want to pay how many $thousands per year for my child to learn????braddavis"
    ...well then don't let your kids take them..duh

  • braddavis Oct 26, 2010

    My son has taken classes in backpacking and rock climbing as PE classes. Those are life skills. Every student-who is able-needs to know how to swim. They need to know CPR and first aid.

    I'll give you first aid and swimming(both boy scout merit badges), but backpacking and rockclimbing are life skills that I'd want to pay how many $thousands per year for my child to learn????

  • braddavis Oct 26, 2010

    State is a great engineering school, unless we are talking about engineering wins against ECU

  • Gerbil Herder Oct 26, 2010

    "NCSU is far behind in academics in most areas including Engineering."

    Pray tell what NC university is ahead of State in Engineering?

  • blisstate Oct 26, 2010

    Mr. Woodson, you still have the priorities wrong. The most important thing for N.C. State, and for you as chancellor is to provide the students a first rate education. For too many decades, NCSU's priorities have been on the faculty and staff taking care of the faculty and staff. My family did a lot of research before my children made their university selections in North Carolina. NCSU is far behind in academics in most areas including Engineering. The vet school continues to do a good job and deserves credit for a great school.

  • Bill of Rights Oct 26, 2010

    So glad that my hard-earned tax money and tuition dollars are going to support this expensive mutual-adoration-society coronation. He got the job - big whoop. Can we please do away with the pomp and ceremony and get down to the business of running this school the way it should be run?

  • rand321 Oct 26, 2010

    Tech transfer to create more NC based companies and more jobs!

  • dws Oct 26, 2010

    I look forward to Chancellor Woodson's tenure, and wish him much success.

  • cwood3 Oct 26, 2010

    NC State is a fine institution. Chancellor Woodson needs to restore credibility to the school. Go back to basics-Chancellor.
    Basics are undergraduate classes that serve the masses. Basics like making students learn life skills-skills that will be used the rest of their life.

    My son has taken classes in backpacking and rock climbing as PE
    classes. Those are life skills. Every student-who is able-needs to know how to swim. They need to know CPR and first aid.

    English-our language-is a must as well. American History is another basic which too many students are missing.

    Basics, NC State has an opportunity to go back to the iseals that made State great. Seize the moment.