Randy Woodson's been busy.
Since leaving Purdue University and becoming N.C. State's chancellor in April, he's barnstormed the state and beyond to introduce himself to alumni groups. He's slogged through his legislative season - where public universities lobby for funding - and he's made his first high-profile hire - new athletic director Debbie Yow.
On Tuesday, Woodson will be installed as NCSU's chancellor, a formal ceremony highlighting a week of events. He spoke to the News & Observer about his early observations of the job. Here are excerpts:
What are your early impressions of the new job? Any surprises?
There haven't been a lot of surprises. The institution is so similar academically to where I came from, I feel the academic part hasn't been a surprise. The only surprises have been positive - the strength of our faculty and students. If there is a surprise, it's a positive one about how committed our alumni and fans are about the institution.
What's going to be the biggest budget fight in the legislative session?
A big one for us is to make sure that the tuition students pay stays on campus. The students are investing in their education. Where their tuition goes...needs to be transparent and clear. And always a big issue is making sure there's adequate funding for financial aid for students with the most significant financial need. It's going to be a difficult session all the way around. We understand that.
You mentioned fan interest, alumni interest. Did you get a good glimpse of that early on in hiring a new athletic director?