Purdue provost gets nod for NC State chancellor

William "Randy" Woodson (photo courtesy Purdue University)
January 6, 2010 9:00:00 PM PST
University of North Carolina President Erskine Bowles has made his pick for the next chancellor of North Carolina State University, now it's up to the UNC Board of Governors to approve.

Bowles will nominate William "Randy" Woodson for the post. Woodson currently serves as executive vice president for academic affairs and provost at Purdue University in Indiana.

The candidate that I'm bringing forward has the knowledge, the experience, the expertise of people skills and the vision to lead North Carolina State in the future," Bowles told ABC11.

Woodson has been in the provost position at Purdue since May, 2008. Before that, he served as the school's dean of agriculture.

If approved, Woodson would replace Chancellor James Oblinger who resigned in June. Oblinger was embroiled in the controversy over the hiring of former Governor Mike Easley's wife Mary while he was still in office.

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