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N.C. State formally installs Woodson as chancellor

Posted October 26, 2010 4:00 a.m. EDT
Updated October 26, 2010 6:26 p.m. EDT

— 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.