NC State is embarking on the largest fundraising effort in its history: Think and Do the Extraordinary, a $1.6 billion Campaign to support students, faculty, facilities and research for decades to come.
At the head of that effort is our Campaign Cabinet — leaders who have strong connections to NC State.
Randy Woodson, the 14th chancellor of NC State, is a nationally recognized scholar and academic leader who oversees the largest university in North Carolina, with more than 34,000 students and an annual budget of $1.48 billion.
Under his leadership, NC State has built upon its reputation as a pre-eminent research institution and has witnessed many transformative changes — the opening of the James B. Hunt Jr. Library on Centennial Campus, the launch of the College of Sciences, the completion of the Lonnie Poole Golf Course and the creation of several NC State-led research hubs that are taking on global challenges.
Warwick Arden is NC State’s provost and executive vice chancellor. As the university’s chief academic officer, he collaborates with vice provosts, executive officers, college deans and others in the administration of all academic and student affairs.
Arden has led numerous key campus initiatives, including the development and implementation of “The Pathway to the Future: NC State’s 2011-2020 Strategic Plan,” along with the university’s recent reaffirmation of accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Brian Sischo is NC State’s vice chancellor for university advancement. Prior to joining NC State in 2014, Sischo spent more than 20 years working in higher-education fundraising at Syracuse University and at Clarkson University, his alma mater.
As Syracuse’s vice president for development, Sischo spearheaded the planning, implementation and successful conclusion of the university’s $1 billion comprehensive fundraising campaign.
Francine Cronin is NC State’s associate vice chancellor for university development. Before coming to NC State in 2015, she was senior vice president for capital projects and advancement communications and associate director of university campaigns at the University of Rochester, where she helped launch a $1.2 billion capital campaign.
In more than a quarter-century in higher-ed fundraising, Cronin has played a lead role in planning, executing and managing several successful major campaigns.
James Owens, who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in textiles and a doctorate in economics from NC State, is the chairman of the university's Board of Trustees. A former chairman and CEO of Caterpillar Inc., he currently serves on the boards of directors of Alcoa, IBM and Morgan Stanley.
Owens is a recipient of NC State’s Watauga Medal, as well as the College of Management’s Alumnus of the Year 1999 and Person of the Year 2009. He is a lifetime member of the NC State Alumni Association and a member of the W.J. Peele lifetime giving society.