June 11, 2009
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Woodward Named Interim Chancellor of North Carolina State University
RALEIGH -- James H. Woodward, chancellor emeritus of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, has been named chancellor on an interim basis of North Carolina State University. Woodward, who started work at NC State on June 9, was appointed by UNC President Erskine Bowles following the resignation of Chancellor James L. Oblinger.
“Jim Woodward served as chancellor of UNC Charlotte for 16 years, and he was without question one of UNC’s most effective and most respected chancellors,” said President Bowles. “He is known and admired throughout the University, the state, and in the halls of the legislature. And importantly, he is as solid as a rock—he brings a rare combination of managerial skills, common sense, and an uncommon ability to get things done while building trust and consensus. I am grateful that Jim has accepted this important assignment, and I know that NC State will be in very good hands and won’t lose any momentum as the search for a permanent chancellor gets under way.”
Woodward served as chancellor of UNC Charlotte from 1989 until retiring from the post in 2005. Under his leadership, UNC Charlotte grew significantly, developed its first doctoral programs, increased its research volume five-fold, and made remarkable advances in fund-raising. While serving at UNC Charlotte, Woodward also chaired the University of North Carolina’s Information Technology Strategy Network Infrastructure Assessment Task Force. He has also chaired the MCNC board of directors, served on the Johnson C. Smith University board of trustees, and served as a member on the UNC Tomorrow Commission and the NC Education Lottery Commission.
Prior to serving at UNC Charlotte, Woodward, an aerospace engineer, was dean of engineering and senior vice president of academic affairs at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). He worked at UAB from 1969-1989.
Woodward taught as an assistant professor in the engineering mechanics department of NC State’s College of Engineering during the 1968-69 academic year. He received his Ph.D. in engineering mechanics from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1967, and his MBA from UAB in 1973.