William R. "Randy" WoodsonFourteenth Chief Executive
Randy Woodson’s career has been shaped by the land-grant university system, receiving his BS, MS, and PhD degrees in horticulture from the University of Arkansas and Cornell University, respectively. Woodson began his academic career at Louisiana State University in 1983, and joined the Purdue faculty in 1985 as a professor in the Department of Horticulture. Woodson served as head of the Department of Horticulture until moving on to administrative positions at Purdue, first as the associate dean of agriculture and director of the Office of Agricultural Research Programs from 1998 to 2004, and then as the as the Glenn W. Sample Dean of Agriculture. In May 2008, Woodson became the executive vice president for academic affairs and provost, his final position at Purdue before being named to the Chancellorship at NC State on 8 January, 2010.