Holding court at a pep rally in Reynolds Coliseum last night, Chancellor-elect Randy Woodson told a welcoming crush of faculty, staff, students and alumni that he’s no stranger to the historic arena. As a high school student in southern Arkansas, he spent hours in front of the television, watching basketball great David Thompson swoop in for alley oops back in 1974, the year NC State won its first national championship.
On Wednesday, standing on the court where Thompson played, Woodson and his wife Susan enjoyed the cheers, signs, marquee and 40-foot inflatable wolf celebrating their visit to campus. The new chancellor officially takes over the first week of April.
Woodson told his new team that NC State combines a “glorious past with a bright future.”
He pledged to take the lead in recruiting and retaining star faculty who are key to the university’s ability to achieve its goals.
He urged faculty and staff to work together as one university, taking an interdisciplinary approach to solving problems, rather than operating as “silos” of separate colleges.
“University people need to work together to solve the great challenges,” he said.
He praised students’ work ethic. “They overachieve because faculty push them to do that,” he said.
As “the people’s university” and the institution with the most graduates in North Carolina, NC State has a responsibility to more than 170,000 alumni, Woodson said.
“Our job is to make sure the diploma they have on the wall continues to grow in value.”
He noted that Erskine Bowles, UNC system president, has called NC State, the most important university in the state.
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