Comments by Chancellor Woodson
Chancellor Randall Woodson, North Carolina State University's 14th chancellor, was introduced by Dr. Michael Davidson, associate dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine and director of medical services. The following are talking points from Chancellor Woodson's comments.
Thank you, Mike and let me add my welcome. We are pleased to be joined today by several elected officials and members of our Board of Trustees.
- Former Governor of North Carolina
- Jim Hunt
- Members of the North Carolina General Assembly
- Representative Rosa Gill
- Representative Rick Glazier
- Representative Tom Murry
- Former Legislators
- Former Representative AB Swindell
- Former Representative Arthur Williams
- Former Chief of Staff to Senator Basnight, Amy Fulk
- Member of the Council of State
- Secretary of State Elaine Marshall
- Member of the Raleigh City Council
- Eugene Weeks
- Member of the Board of Governors
- Frank Grainger
- Members of the NC State Board of Trustees
- Lawrence Davenport, Chair
- Bob Jordan
- Gayle Lanier
- Barbara Mulkey
- Randy Ramsey
- John Sall
I must commend Dean Fletcher and Provost Arden for your commitment to and leadership in the 12-year development of this wonderful facility.
Lastly, I would like to make a special recognition of Susan Ward, Chair of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Foundation. Hannah Heart Pavilion, outside the new hospital, will house a statue of the Wards’ beloved Newfoundland.
- This new hospital, which is one of the most technologically advanced veterinary facilities in the country, will be a tremendous resource for the people of North Carolina and beyond.
- The $72 million Terry Center project was made possible, in part, by a $20 million donation from the R.B. Terry, Jr., Charitable Foundation – one of the largest private gifts ever given to NC State.
- In addition, the North Carolina General Assembly appropriated $38 million for the facility in 2006.
- We are grateful to the Terry Foundation, the NC Veterinary Medical Foundation and the state legislature for the trust and recognition of the talented researchers at NC State to invest in this project.
- I could not be more proud of this facility and of our College of Veterinary Medicine which was recently ranked number three in the entire nation.
- The research that our faculty do here not only creates advances in animal medicine, but also has implications for human health. The Terry Center will enhance the college’s work in “one medicine,” creating even more opportunities for life-changing discoveries for animals and humans.
- Combined, the Terry Center, the Equine and Farm Animal Veterinary Center, and the emerging Veterinary Health and Wellness Center will create the Veterinary Health Complex on NC State’s Centennial Biomedical Campus.
- The Centennial Biomedical Campus advances biomedical research, bio- and agro-security, food animal health and food safety, ecosystem health, animal welfare and the critical job of training the next generation of veterinarians and veterinary scientists. I look forward to a bright future.
- At this time, I’d like to invite Interim Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, David Bristol, to make a few remarks.