Wood Residence Hall

Wood Residence Hall Building A

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Location: Central Campus

Built 1983

Sq. Footage
Bldg A: 51495
Bldg B: 61797
Bldg C: 2624

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Wood Hall is located on the east campus of NC State and houses the Computer and Technologies Theme Program. It consists of three buildings of different sizes ranging from six floors to two floors. The residence hall honors George Matthew Wood (1926-1986) who is responsible for changing the name of the University from "North Carolina State of the University of North Carolina at Raleigh" to "North Carolina State University" in 1965. The previous name had been the result of a legislative battle in which the UNC administration and supporters attempted to have a uniform name for all units of the university system. Wood served as chairman of the NC State Board of Trustees, and of the Search Committee to find a successor to Chancellor Joab L. Thomas.

Wood entered NC State in 1943, but interrupted his stay when he entered the Merchant Marine in World War II. After his discharge, Wood returned to NC State and graduated with the Class of 1950. After farming the 100 acres of land given to him by his father, Wood eventually took over the family cotton gin that was left to him. With an accumulation of 4000 acres of land, and the establishment of a large grain-elevator operation, Wood began to grow potatoes under contract for a potato-chip company.

Wood served a number of political offices, as a member of the N.C. House of Representatives in 1962, a state senator until 1972, and as a member of the Board of Governors from 1972-1976. In 1976, he resigned to run for governor against another alumnus, James B. Hunt, Jr., who won and served two terms, the first two-term governor in the state's history. Chancellor Emeritus John Caldwell was Wood's campaign manager in his unsuccessful bid.

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