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N.C. State University Chancellor Randy Woodson was a bit coy Thursday about a report in the Chronicle of Higher Education that said he was "widely considered to be a frontrunner" for the University of Florida presidency, The N&O's Jane Stancill reports.

In a curious development, the Florida search was called off this week when the university's president of nine years, Bernie Machen, 68, postponed his retirement. Seventy nominees for the position had been released, the Chronicle reported.

On Thursday, Woodson, who has been chancellor at NCSU since 2010, said he never applied for the Florida job and wasn't a candidate formally.

He could only talk about his love for NCSU.

"I'm thrilled to be at N.C. State," Woodson said. "Thrilled to be at N.C. State."

Did you talk to them? we asked.

"Thrilled to be at N.C. State."

Woodson pointed out that a lot of universities are looking for new presidents. A lot of people were nominated for the Florida job, he said.

"I think this is a great place," he said. "You know, we're making a lot of progress at N.C. State, so I'm happy to be here."


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