New NCSU Chancellor's Home Already Wooing Donors

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A new $3.5 million home built with private donations to house the chancellors of North Carolina State University is already getting a workout.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Wednesday that Chancellor Randy Woodson and his wife Susan moved into the new residence a few weeks ago but already have hosted more than 2,000 visitors and at least eight official events.

University officials say the 8,000-square-foot building is only a few hundred square feet larger than the old one built in 1928, but its open layout allows it to be used to woo donors and honor other official visitors.

Newer and better official residences are part of a national trend at public colleges which must raise donations as state funding is cut.


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  • by Pete on Dec 21, 2011 at 10:30 PM
    Chancellor Ballard will definately beg for a new house now. ECU will probably get him a new one since NC State's Chancellor has a new one. ECU always have to live in the shadow of NC State. Some may not like this comment, but its the truth.
  • by Sarah on Dec 21, 2011 at 06:17 PM
    Don't even think about it Bev. Our chancellor far more precious than being Govenor.
  • by Holland Location: Figure Eight Island on Dec 21, 2011 at 04:22 PM
    Forget it Ballard!
  • by Anonymous on Dec 21, 2011 at 01:19 PM
    If there are so may willing donors for something this elaborate, why don't they donate to help lower tuition or better yet why don't they pay their fair share of taxes.
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      by Enough! on Dec 21, 2011 at 03:20 PM in reply to Anonymous
      AMEN! What a complete waste of money.... The rich keep on getting richer and the middle class keeps paying higher tuitions....
  • by Biscuit Location: NC on Dec 21, 2011 at 08:23 AM
    To ECU Chancellor Ballard: Before you even ask, the answer is NO! Your house is fine. I don't see why Chancellors get free houses anyway. They make hundreds and hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. If they want a new house, then go buy one themselves. And while I'm at it, even if the house was paid for by donors, who's going to pay for the upkeep? Chancellors should live like normal people, not multi-millionaires. So, NO! Steve Ballard you can't have a new house. Go away, nobody likes you anyway.
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      by Chuck on Dec 21, 2011 at 01:33 PM in reply to Biscuit
      Speak for yourself Biscuit.You are a real go getter & Loser.Ballard is a very nice & Smart man.Guess you live in a double wise out in the country with your coon dogs?. I am going to Organize a fund raiser to raise money For Ballard to get a new house also. The one he lives in is a dump. ECU will not be outdone by NC State.
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        by Biscuit on Dec 21, 2011 at 03:18 PM in reply to Chuck
        @Chuck and Moderators Nightmare. Ya'll have got to be either Pirate Club members or ECU administrators. By the way, what's a double wise? Did you mean double wide? Nope I live in a nice house on the river that I paid for myself. Anyway, Ballard is a jerk. I remember when he threw the Lenoir Co. Deputies under the bus. If he wants to live in a new house, he should buy it himself like the rest of the world does. He makes more than enough money to buy his own place. But I'd prefer that he just leave NC altogether.
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          by Chuck on Dec 21, 2011 at 06:40 PM in reply to Biscuit
          Merry Christmas Biscuit.I Like your name.
  • by excuse me on Dec 21, 2011 at 08:10 AM
    How BIG of a house is BIG ENOUGH. What was wrong with the house that was built in 1928? It's been wooing donations for a long time, must have worked. But yet the folks that donate wouldn't buy an 90 year old a box fan in August, cause that's how they roll. (In their dough)
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      by Moderators Nightmare on Dec 21, 2011 at 12:36 PM in reply to excuse me
      Speak for yourself "biscuit"
  • by Bob on Dec 21, 2011 at 08:01 AM
    $3.5 Mil for 8000 sq. ft., that works out to $437.50 per square foot, someone got screwed!!!
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