N.C. State got its man this morning.
The question now: For how long?
William "Randy" Woodson was named chancellor this morning by the UNC system's Board of Governors.
He comes from Purdue University, where he was the provost and, apparently, the chosen successor to current President France Cordova, who has held that post since summer 2007.
And there was a lot of interest in Indiana in keeping Woodson at Purdue.
UNC system President Erskine Bowles said the university leadership made a significant counter-offer, going as far as saying Woodson was clearly Purdue's future president if that was his desire.
"They made it clear that when they get into the process of choosing their next president, when that time comes, it was his to lose," Bowles said in a press conference following the board's vote.
But, Bowles added, Woodson has assured UNC system leaders that he hopes the NCSU chancellor is his last job.
Woodson is 52 and hopes to stay 10 to 15 years, Bowles said.