The World Food Prize Foundation

2016 Borlaug Dialogue Speakers

Randy Woodson

Chancellor , North Carolina State University

Dr. Randy Woodson, the 14th chancellor of North Carolina State University, is an internationally renowned plant molecular biologist specializing in reproductive processes in agricultural crops. Under his leadership, NC State has built upon its reputation as a preeminent research institution and has witnessed many transformative changes – The opening of the James B. Hunt Jr. Library on Centennial Campus, the launch of the College of Sciences and the completion of the Lonnie Poole Golf Course. Even in the face of unprecedented financial challenges, these advances were made possible thanks to Woodson's Strategic Plan, which aligned the university for greater effectiveness, efficiency and most importantly, greater student success. Chancellor Woodson has extensive experience as a member of university faculty and administration with a reputation for consensus building throughout his 30 year career in higher education. He came to NC State from Purdue University, where he most recently served as Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. 



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