W. Randolph Woodson, NC State's 14th Chancellor

October 26, 2010, is the installation of Dr. William R. "Randy" Woodson as NC State University's 14th chancellor.

On January 8, 2010, the Board of Trustees appointed Woodson to the position, which he assumed in April. This exhibit shares some of the highlights of Woodson’s life and career prior to coming to NC State.

 

Chancellor W. Randolph Woodson

Chancellor W. Randolph Woodson.

(photograph by Roger Winstead)

Chancellor W. Randolph Woodson

Chancellor W. Randolph Woodson

(photograph by Roger Winstead)

Chancellor W. Randolph Woodson

Chancellor W. Randolph Woodson

(photograph by Vincent Walter, courtesy of NC State magazine)

Chancellor W. Randolph Woodson and wife Susan Wynne Woodson

Chancellor W. Randolph Woodson and wife Susan Wynne Woodson

(photograph by Vincent Walter, courtesy of NC State magazine)

Chancellor W. Randolph Woodson

Chancellor W. Randolph Woodson

(photograph by Roger Winstead)


The second of four children, Randy Woodson was born in April 1957 in Fordyce, Arkansas (population 4200). His parents Pat Woodson, a teacher, and Herb Woodson, a counselor, sparked his initial interest in education. As a teenager he developed an enthusiasm for music that continues today, and he spent most of his free time in high school playing his guitar.

Woodson's passion for horticulture developed at a part-time job at a plant nursery, where he became interested in both plants and the scientific process.

 

 

Quick Facts:

Birth: 1957, Fordyce, Arkansas

Parents: Pat and Herb Woodson

Siblings: Larry, Laura, and Angela

 

 

 

 

 

 

Randy Woodson

Randy Woodson approximately 1st grade

Larry, Laura, and Randy Woodson

Larry, Laura, and Randy Woodson

Laura, Larry and Randy Woodson

From left to right Laura, Larry, and Randy Woodson

Laura, Larry and Randy Woodson

From left to right Randy, Angela, Larry, and Laura Woodson

 Randy Woodson age 9

Randy Woodson, school photo, age 9

 Randy and Larry Woodson

Randy and Larry Woodson


After graduating from Fordyce High, Woodson followed high school sweetheart Susan Wynne to the University of Arkansas. At Arkansas Woodson double majored in horticulture and chemistry. In 1979 he graduated with a B.S. and married Susan, a graphic designer.

Woodson went on to earn masters and doctoral degrees in horticulture/plant physiology at Cornell University.

 

 

 

Quick Facts:

Ph.D., 1983, Cornell University, Horticulture/Plant Physiology

M.S., 1981, Cornell University, Horticulture

B.S., 1979, University of Arkansas, Horticulture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Certificate Fordyce High School

National Beta Club Certificate, Fordyce High School

Senior Class Portrait, Randy Woodson

Senior Class Portrait, Fordyce High School, Randy Woodson

Randy Woodson, yearbook photo

Randy Woodson, Fordyce High School, yearbook photo

Report card 1966-1967

Randy Woodson, 4th grade, note on report card, 1966-1967


Woodson's first position after Cornell was as an assistant professor of horticulture at Louisiana State University in 1983. Then in 1985 he began a long association with Purdue University. As a professor in the university's Department of Horticulture, his work focused on mechanisms that cause plants to die after pollination. He has published more than 100 scientific journal articles and book chapters, and his research has been featured in BusinessWeek, The Futurist, Discover, and other journals.

1n 1996 he was appointed head of Purdue's Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, where he became well known for his vision and relationship-building skills. After a year as a visiting professor at France's Ecole Nationale Superieure Agronomique de Toulouse, he returned to Purdue as the associate dean of agriculature and director of the Office of Agricultural Research Programs (1998). His easy classroom style and consensus-building skills served him well as he moved from this position to dean of agriculture (2004) and then executive vice president for academic affairs and provost (2008), Purdues's top academic officer. He had been in that role two years when he was selected as NC State's chancellor.

 

Quick Facts:

2010-present: Chancellor, North Carolina State University

2008-2010: Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Purdue University

2004-2008: Dean of Agriculture, Purdue University

1998-2004: Associate Dean of Agriculture and Director of the Office of Agricultural Research Program, Purdue University

1998: Visiting Professor, Ecole Nationale Superieure Agronomique de Toulouse

1996-1998: Head, Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Purdue University

1995-1997: Director, Plant Biology Program, Purdue University

1985-1996: Faculty, Department of Horticulture, Purdue University

1983-1985: Assistant Professor, Department of Horticulture, Louisiana State University

Professor Woodson at Purdue

Professor Woodson, at Purdue, explains synergid cell death, the death of flowers that is triggered by polination

Professor Woodson at Purdue

Professor Woodson, at Purdue, explains synergid cell death, the death of flowers that is triggered by polination

Professor Woodson at Purdue

Professor Woodson, at Purdue, explains synergid cell death, the death of flowers that is triggered by polination

Bill Bumgartner, Randy Woodson, and Vic Lectenburg

From left to right: Bill Bumgartner, associate dean of agriculture, Randy Woodson, and Vic Lectenburg, dean of agriculture and mentor to Randy Woodson

Congratulatory note from Jay Akridge

Congratualtory note from Jay Akridge, dean of agriculture, on Chancellor Woodson's acceptance of the position at NC State University

Provost Woodson

Provost Woodson at Purdue

Congratulatory note from Dale Whitaker

Congratulatory note from Dale Whittaker, associate dean of agriculture

Woodson and Colleague at Purdue

Woodson and colleague at Purdue

Best wishes from the Indiana State Fair

Best wishes from the Indiana State Fair

Congratulatory letter from Larry Dunkle, supervisory research plant pathologist and professor

Congratulatory letter from Larry Dunkle, supervisory research plant pathologist and professor


Woodson is devoted to his family, which includes wife Susan Wynne Woodson and children Samantha, Patrick, and Chloe. Susan is a graphic artist and founder of women's magazine HELEN. Samantha is a research librarian with the American Institute of Economic Research in Massachusetts; Patrick is a graduate student at Purdue pursuing a master's degree in environmental engineering; and Chloe is a junior at Purdue, majoring in photography and visual arts.

 

 

 

Quick Facts:

Marriage: 1979, Susan Wynne Woodson

Children: Samantha, Patrick, and Chloe

Hobbies: Bluegrass, golf, home-brewed beer, and cooking

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Susan Wynne Woodson and Randy Woodson

Susan Wynne Woodson and Randy Woodson shortly after their wedding

Randy Woodson, Kay Curry, Bruce Powers

Randy Woodson, Kay Curry (highschool friend), Bruce Powers (Randy's best friend and college roommate)

Susan, Patrick and Randy Woodson

Susan, Patrick, and Randy Woodson at Patrick's senior night soccer game

Chloe, Randy, and Susan Woodson

Chloe, Randy, and Susan Woodson

The Woodson family

Patrick, Samantha, Randy, Chloe, and Susan Woodson

Marriage of Susan Wynne Woodson and W. Randolph Woodson

Marriage of Susan Wynne Woodson and Randy Woodson

Susan Wynne Woodson and W. Randolph Woodson

Susan Wynne Woodson and Randy Woodson

Susan Wynne Woodson

Susan Wynne Woodson

Susan Wynne Woodson

Susan Wynne Woodson second from left

Susan Wynne Woodson and Randy Woodson

Susan Wynne Woodson and Randy Woodson at a college party for Susan's sorority Chi Omega

Susan Wynne Woodson

Susan Wynne Woodson

Woodson Family

From left to right Chloe, Randy, Susan, Samantha, Patrick, and Aubrey Woodson (photo by Roger Winstead)

Woodson Family

From left to right Chloe, Samantha, Patrick, Aubrey, Susan, and Randy Woodson at Aubrey and Patrick's wedding

Woodson Family

From left to right Chloe, Samantha, and Patrick Woodson

Woodson Family

From left to right Samantha, Chloe, and Patrick Woodson

Samantha Woodson

Samantha Woodson

Randy and Samantha Woodson

Randy and Samantha Woodson


Woodson has received numerous professional honors, including Purdue University's Agriculture Research Award, the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS) Outstanding Researcher Career Award, and the Sagamore of the Wabash Award, the highest service award presented by Indiana's governor. Woodson is a fellow of the ASHS.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

American Society for Horticultural Science

William R. Woodson is elected a Fellow of the American Society for Horticulture Science.

ASHS Researcher Award

The American Society for Horticultural Science Outstanding Researcher Award

BY Morrison Memorial

B.Y. Morrison Memorial Lectureship

Cartoon

drawn by Dave Sattler

Cotton Belt Festival

Cotton Belt Festival Hall of Honor

Dean of Agriculturel

Dean of Agriculture

Florist Association

Ohio Florist Association's Alex Laurie Award

Purdue Univ Ag Research Award

Purdue University's Agricultural Research Award, 1994

Sagacious Sagamore

Sagacious Sagamore of Myers Lake and Kelsey's Crick

Sagamore Indiana

Sagamore of the Wabash Award presented by the State of Indiana

Seal of Indiana

Seal of the state of Indiana

State of Indiana Seal

State of Indiana Seal


Introduction

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Early Years

Randy Woodson Larry, Laura, and Randy Woodson Laura, Larry and Randy Woodson Laura, Larry and Randy Woodson  Randy Woodson age 9  Randy and Larry Woodson

Education

Certificate Fordyce High School Senior Class Portrait, Randy Woodson Randy Woodson, yearbook photo Report card 1966-1967

Professional Life

Professor Woodson at Purdue Professor Woodson at Purdue Professor Woodson at Purdue Bill Bumgartner, Randy Woodson, and Vic Lectenburg Congratulatory note from Jay Akridge Provost Woodson Congratulatory note from Dale Whitaker Woodson and Colleague at Purdue Best wishes from the Indiana State Fair Congratulatory letter from Larry Dunkle, supervisory research plant pathologist and professor

Family

Susan Wynne Woodson and Randy Woodson Randy Woodson, Kay Curry, Bruce Powers Susan, Patrick and Randy Woodson Chloe, Randy, and Susan Woodson The Woodson family Marriage of Susan Wynne Woodson and W. Randolph Woodson Susan Wynne Woodson and W. Randolph Woodson Susan Wynne Woodson Susan Wynne Woodson Susan Wynne Woodson and Randy Woodson Susan Wynne Woodson Woodson Family Woodson Family Woodson Family Woodson Family Samantha Woodson

Awards

American Society for Horticultural Science ASHS Researcher Award BY Morrison Memorial Cartoon Cotton Belt Festival Dean of Agriculture Florist Association Purdue University Agricultural Research Award Sagacious Sagamore Sagamore Indiana Seal of Indiana State of Indiana