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NC State Has Done What No Other School Has Done Athletically this Year

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NC State is on an island of it’s own this year.

How many schools had a Men’s Basketball team make the Sweet 16, and a Baseball team make the Super Regionals (16 teams)?

Five.

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Clemson
Tennessee
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How many schools had their Men’s & Women’s Basketball teams make the Sweet 16, and a Baseball team make the Super Regionals?

Two.

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UCONN

How many teams had their Men’s & Women’s Basketball teams make the Sweet 16, their Baseball team make the Super Regionals, and their Football team go to a bowl game?

One.

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NC State Chancellor Randy Woodson Announces He will Retire Next Summer

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NC State Chancellor Randy Woodson announced yesterday that he will be retiring next summer.

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Chancellor Randy Woodson, a transformative leader who guided North Carolina State University to new heights in student achievement, research output, facility expansion and fundraising, announced today that he will retire on June 30, 2025.

The UNC System will appoint a search committee for a successor in the near future.

Woodson’s 14-year tenure – the third longest for an NC State chief executive in the university’s history – has been marked by vast improvements to NC State’s academic measures, research expenditures, entrepreneurial spirit, financial and facility growth, and overall reputation.

“For 14 years, Randy Woodson has perfectly captured the pragmatic brilliance of NC State,” said UNC System President Peter Hans. “Like the university he leads, Randy is sharp, good-natured, and eager to get things done for North Carolina. It’s made him a great colleague and one of the most effective leaders in this state.”

Under Woodson’s leadership, NC State developed and implemented two 10-year strategic plans that set the priorities for the university’s progress in a number of areas, including enhancing student success, investing in faculty and infrastructure, supporting interdisciplinary scholarship, pursuing organizational excellence, and engaging locally and globally.

Over the past 14 years, graduation rates rose for all student classifications, with steep increases in undergraduate rates. Retention rates also increased. Interest in attending NC State also grew over Woodson’s tenure, as more than 45,000 high school seniors and community college transfers currently seek to become part of the Wolfpack.

Soon after beginning his position at NC State, Woodson led the implementation of a cluster-hiring program – the Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program – that has become a national model for breaking down disciplinary walls and attracting more world-leading faculty members. More than 75 faculty have been hired in 20 different clusters, ranging from bioinformatics to visual narrative.

“Randy Woodson has been an exceptional chancellor for NC State,” said Provost Warwick Arden. “During his leadership NC State has increased significantly in student graduation rates, extramural grant activity and research, and development activity with completion of a very successful campaign and dramatic growth of the endowment. Our national rankings have soared resulting in greater national visibility and greatly increased student applications, at both the undergraduate and graduate level. This of course has been achieved by a dedicated team of individuals but Randy appointed many of them and has led the way. After working with Randy for 14 years I can tell you he is a person of great integrity, intelligence and vision. He is passionate about the role of higher education and especially about the success of NC State. We owe him great gratitude.”

NC State’s research enterprise flourished under Woodson’s leadership. In fiscal year 2017, NC State’s research expenditures exceeded $500 million for the first time in the university’s history and have exceeded or met that level ever since.

The spur in research funding also helped foster entrepreneurialism campuswide. NC State has generated more than 190 start-ups and spinoffs during Woodson’s tenure; these have added more than $1.2 billion to North Carolina’s economy every year. In the past five years alone, there have been more than 1,000 invention disclosures, 700 commercialization agreements, 350 patents issued, and nearly 975 new patents filed.

Woodson focused on growing NC State’s endowment as a top strategic priority. The endowment value has increased from $350 million in 2010 to more than $2.2 billion currently. These funds help the university plan for the future and help ensure stability.

Woodson led the university’s most ambitious fundraising campaign in its history: a $1.6 billion campaign that raised $2.1 billion from more than 128,000 donors. That result put NC State in rarefied air among public universities, with only 12 others surpassing the $2 billion barrier.

New campus facilities also now dot NC State’s landscape, including the James B. Hunt Jr. Library, arguably the most technologically advanced library in the world; the renovated and expanded Talley Student Union; the Lonnie C. Poole Golf Course, praised for its environmental stewardship and the Carol Johnson Poole Club House; Fitts-Woolard Hall, a building necessary to transition engineering programs to Centennial Campus; and the Plant Sciences Building, home to the Plant Sciences Initiative researchers that will redefine plant science research in the United States. The Integrative Sciences Building, which will empower NC State to create new kinds of molecules, to image and visualize molecules, and to develop technologies that use these molecules, is in progress.

NC State consistently received national and international acclaim as one of the best public universities, as a best value, and as having some of the best colleges and programs available. Accolades come from U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, The Princeton Review/USA Today, The Scientist, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and others.

Woodson served important roles in national organizations, including as chair of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities council of presidents (2012-2013) and chair of its board of directors (2013-2015). He also chaired the finance committee of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, Division I (2021-2023) and served on the organization’s Board of Directors (2017-2023) and Board of Governors (2019-2022). Woodson also served as chair of the Business Higher Education Forum (2019-2020).

Among many other honors, Woodson recently received the Council for Advancement and Support of Education’s District III Chief Executive Leadership Award (2024), was named to the Business North Carolina Power List (2024), and received the Association of University Research Parks’ Award of Excellence in Leadership (2023).

Notably, Woodson and his wife, Susan, are known for their philanthropic spirit. They generously provided the seed donation to fund scholarships for employee dependents. They also proudly promoted public art, like the new Reds and Whites art installment near Hunt Library on Centennial Campus which sits, fittingly, on Susan Woodson Plaza.

More information is available at the Celebrating Transformation website.

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NC State Track & Field Commit Sadie Engelhardt Named Gatorade National Player of Year

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NC State Track & Field 2025 commit Sadie Engelhardt was named the Gatorade National Women’s High School Player of the Year at the Espy’s on ESPN on Thursday night.

Engelhardt is a rising Senior at Ventura High School in California. This past year as a Junior, she

Sadie Engelhardt: California’s three-time Gatorade Girls Track & Field Player of the Year, Engelhardt finished as the national leader in four events this past season and sparked the Cougars to a second-place team finish at the state meet. She crossed the line in 4:28.46 seconds to break the national high school record in the mile at the HOKA Festival of Miles, and clocked a 4:08.86 in the 1500-meter run while competing against pros at the Portland Track Festival—that time ranks No. 5 in U.S. girls prep history and qualified her for the U.S. Olympic Trials.

Also the Gatorade State Girls Cross Country Player of the Year from 2022-24, she broke the California record in the 1600 with a 4:32.06 at the state meet, the fastest time ever in the event in a meet with high school-only competitors.

Earlier in the season at the Azusa Pacific Meet of Champions, she broke the tape in the 800 in 2:03.46, which is the nation’s No. 1 time by a prep girl in 2024.

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Diana Shnaider will be the 1st Former NC State Women’s Tennis Player to Compete in the Olympics

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Former NC State Women’s Tennis player Diana Shnaider will be competing in the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris, becoming the first former Wolfpack Women’s Tennis player to go on to be an Olympian.

She will be an Individual Neutral Athlete in Paris.

Shnaider spent one year at NC State (2022-23) before turning professional. In that one season, she boasted a record of 20-3, earning 1st Team All-ACC honors, as well as earning the ACC Freshman of the Year Award. She advanced to the NCAA Tournament, and was named an ITA All-American in both Singles and Doubles. She finished her one year at NC State ranked 4th nationally. Shnaider helped the Wolfpack Women win their first ever ACC Championship.

Since turning professional, Shnaider has advanced to the 2nd Round of the Australian Open and French Open and the 3rd Round at Wimbledon. In Doubles, she advanced to the 2nd Round at Wimbledon, the 3rd Round at the Australian Open and the Quarterfinals at the French Open.

Shnaider is currently ranked 30th in the world in Singles. She has won 2 WTA Titles (Thailand Open & the Bad Homburg Open).

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NC State Finishes the 2023-24 Athletic Year Ranked 21st in the Directors Cup

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The 2023-24 Athletic Year has come to a close, and NC State finished 21st in the Final Directors’ Cup Standings.

The ACC had 8 schools rank in the Top-25, which ranked 2nd.

5) Virginia,
7) UNC
10) Notre Dame
12) Florida State
17) Duke
21) NC State

NC State has finished in the Top-25 the past 4 years consecutively under Boo Corrigan’s watch.

For a reminder, the Director’s Cup started during the 1993-94 season, with the goal of measuring the success of athletic programs, instead of just glorifying individual sports.

93-94 : 59th
94-95 : 32nd
95-96 : 34th
Les Robinson becomes Athletic Director
96-97 : 57th
97-98 : 43rd
98-99 : 63rd
99-00 : 40th
Lee Fowler becomes Athletic Director
00-01 : 56th
01-02 : 46th
02-03 : 43rd
03-04 : 39th
04-05 : 51st
05-06 : 34th
06-07 : 44th
07-08 : 56th
08-09: 74th
09-10 : 89th
Debbie Yow becomes Athletic Director
10-11 : 67th
11-12: 37th
12-13 : 34th
13-14 : 41st
14-15 : 27th
15-16 – 32nd
16-17 – 29th
17-18 – 15th
18-19 – 26th
Boo Corrigan becomes Athletic Director
20-21 – 23rd
21-22 – 17th
22-23 – 19th
2023-24 – 21st

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