University Administration

History of North Carolina State University

When North Carolina State University was founded in 1887, the school embodied ideals that were rapidly transforming the field of higher education. Chief among them was the belief that colleges should not be reserved for a select few, and that the children of farmers, mechanics and other workers should have access to the opportunities and benefits of higher education.

A new generation of progressive thinkers founded the college, known then as the North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts. No organization did more to advance the cause of this new institution than the Watauga Club, a reform-minded group of lawyers, teachers, doctors and businessmen in Raleigh — all of them younger than 30. Watauga Club member Charles W. Dabney, who wrote the legislation creating the new institution, exemplified the changes sweeping the South in the 1880s. The son of a Calvinist theologian who professed skepticism of modern science, Dabney earned a Ph.D. in chemistry and built a reputation as one of the foremost agricultural scientists in the nation.

Today we honor NC State’s founders — men like Dabney, William J. Peele and Walter Hines Page — not just for their vision, but also because they lived at a time when considerable foresight, skill and courage were required to rally public support for higher education.

Growth and Extension

NC State was established under the auspices of the federal Morrill Act of 1862, which allowed the U.S. government to donate federally owned land to the states for the purpose of establishing colleges that would teach “agriculture and the mechanic arts.” The brand-new school held its first classes in the fall of 1889 with 72 students, six faculty members and one building.

In the early 1900s, a new federal program sparked an era of outreach work at the college. The 1914 passage of the Smith-Lever Act created an educational partnership between land-grant colleges and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Under this new cooperative extension program, the colleges would send staff to meet with farmers around the state and provide practical agricultural instruction. This led North Carolina to establish the Cooperative Agricultural Extension Service at NC State.

New Name, New Focus

By the 1920s, State College (as the school was now known) was beginning to grow beyond its original agricultural and mechanical focus, adding schools of engineering, textiles, education and business, as well as a graduate school. The Depression imposed economic challenges on higher education throughout the nation, and State College was no exception. As the crisis slowly eased, the college renewed its growth, adding students and developing new programs until the onset of World War II.

State College contributed to the war effort by hosting a number of military detachments and training exercises and by refitting the work of several departments and programs to military and defense purposes.

Postwar Boom

The campus experienced unparalleled growth during the postwar years as the G.I. Bill brought thousands of former servicemen to campus. In the following decades, the college continued to expand its curricula, creating schools of design, forestry, physical science and mathematics, and humanities and social sciences. During these years of growth, the name was changed again, this time to North Carolina State University at Raleigh.

The People’s University

The university celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1987, which also saw the creation of Centennial Campus, bringing together university and corporate leaders to partner in teaching, research and economic development.

Known as the "People's University," NC State has developed into a vital educational and economic resource, with more than 34,000 students and 7,000 faculty and staff. A wealth of university outreach and extension programs continue to provide services and education to all sectors of the state’s economy and its citizens. Consistently ranked a best value among the nation’s public universities, NC State — the state’s largest university — is an active, vital part of North Carolina life.

Today, 131 years after its founding, NC State continues to follow its original mission: opening the doors of higher education to the citizens of North Carolina and providing teaching, research and extension that strengthen the state and its economy.

University of North Carolina Board of Governors

Harry L. Smith, Jr., Chair
Randall "Randy" Ramsey, Vice Chair
Pearl Burris-Floyd, Secretary
Darrell Allison
W. Louis Bissette, Jr.
Kellie Hunt Blue
Robert P. Bryan III
C. Philip Byers
Carolyn L. Coward
N. Leo Daughtry
Walter C. Davenport
Thomas H. Hetzer
Thom Goolsby
H. Frank Grainger
James L. Holmes. Jr.
Joe Knott
W. Marty Kotis III
Scott Lampe
Steven B. Long
Mary Ann Maxwell
J. Alex Mitchell
Wendy F. Murphy
Anna S. Nelson
Bettylenah Njaramba **
R. Doyle Parrish
David M. Powers
Robert A. Rucho
O. Temple Sloan III
William Webb
Michael Williford

Officers of the University of North Carolina

Margaret Spellings, President of the University
Meredeth Beaton Didier, Chief of Staff and Senior Vice President
Kim van Noort, Interim Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Kevin Howell, Senior Vice President for External Affairs
Rick Whitfield, Interim Senior Vice President for Finance and Budget
Andrew P. Kelly, Senior Vice President for Strategy and Policy
Thomas Shanahan, Senior Vice President for Governance, Legal, and Risk and General Counsel
Karrie Dixon, Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs
Dan Cohen-Vogel, Vice President for Data and Analytics
Kim van Noort, Vice President for Academic Programs, Faculty and Research
Jim Ptaszynski, Vice President for Digital Learning (Technology-Based Learning and Innovation)
Elizabeth Morra, Vice President of Federal Relations
Drew Moretz, Vice President for State Government Relations
Timothy Minor, Vice President for University Advancement
Scott Daugherty, Interim Vice President for Economic Development, Engagement, and Partnerships
Nathan Knuffman, Vice President for Financial Planning and Analysis
Matthew Brody, Vice President for Human Resources
Keith Werner, Vice President and CIO
Joanna Carey Cleveland, Vice President for Legal Affairs and Deputy General Counsel
Lynne Sanders, Vice President for Compliance and Audit
Brent Herron, Associate Vice President for Safety & Emergency Operations
Cameron Howell, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives
Sean Bulson, Interim Vice President for University & P-12 Partnerships
Shun Robertson, Assistant Vice President for Policy Development and Analysis
Andrea Poole, Senior Associate VP and Secretary of the University
Camille Barkley, Associate Vice President for Strategic Communications
Josh Ellis, Associate Vice President for Media Relations

North Carolina State University Board of Trustees

Jimmy D. Clark, Chair
Robert "Chip" Andrews, III
Thomas E. Cabaniss, First Vice Chair
Ann B. Goodnight, Secretary
James A. "Jim" Harrell III
Stanhope A. Kelly, Second Vice Chair
Wendell H. Murphy
David R. Nimocks III
Ronald W. Prestage
Susan P. Ward
Dewayne N. Washington
Edward I. "Ed" Weisiger, Jr.
Jess Errico, NC State Student Body President

North Carolina State University Council

W. Randolph Woodson, Chancellor
Warwick Arden, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor
Scott Douglass, Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration
Eileen S. Goldgeier, Vice Chancellor and General Counsel
Marc I. Hoit, Vice Chancellor for Information Technology
Michael D. Mullen, Vice Chancellor and Dean for the Division of Academic and Student Affairs
Alan Rebar, Vice Chancellor for Research, Innovation and Economic Development
Sheri L. Schwab, Interim Vice Provost for Institutional Equity and Diversity
Brian C. Sischo, Vice Chancellor for University Advancement
PJ Teal, Secretary of the University
Brad Bohlander, Associate Vice Chancellor for University Communications and Chief Communications Officer
Marie Williams, Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources
Deborah A. Yow, Director of Athletics

Richard Linton, Dean, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Mark Hoversten, Dean, College of Design
Mary Ann Danowitz, Dean, College of Education
Louis Martin-Vega, Dean, College of Engineering
Peter Harris, Interim Dean, The Graduate School
Jeffrey P. Braden, Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Frank Buckless, Interim Dean, Poole College of Management
Mary Watzin, Dean, College of Natural Resources
Christine McGahan, Dean, College of Sciences
David Hinks, Dean, College of Textiles
David Paul Lunn, Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine

Greg Raschke, Interim Vice Provost and Director of NCSU Libraries
Benny Suggs, Associate Vice Chancellor for Alumni Relations
Cecile Hinson, Director, Internal Audit
Mary Lelik, Senior Vice Provost for Institutional Research and Planning
Carolyn Bird, Chair of the Faculty
Jess Errico, Student Body President
Adam Schmidt, Student Senate President
Zachary Lentz, Graduate Student Association President
Cathi Phillips Dunnagan, Chair, Staff Senate
Jason Painter, Chair-elect, Staff Senate