Chancellor Larry K. Monteith Obituary, Death- Dear NC State Community, It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of former NC State Chancellor Larry K. Monteith. His demise on Thursday night, after a long decline in health, marks the end of an era in our university’s history. Larry Monteith was a remarkable leader who left an indelible mark on our institution, and his legacy will continue to inspire us. Appointed as the 11th Chancellor of NC State in 1989, Monteith was the second alumnus of our university to hold this prestigious position. Over his nine-year tenure, he accomplished significant milestones that transformed the university and set it on a path of growth and innovation. One of his most notable achievements was the substantial increase in research funding, which grew from approximately $170 million in his first year to nearly $300 million by the time he stepped down.
This boost in research funding laid the foundation for NC State’s national leadership in public/private partnerships and research excellence. Larry’s commitment to academic excellence was evident in his contributions to the university. He improved research libraries and established the College of Management, further solidifying NC State’s reputation as a hub of innovation. Additionally, his dedication to the success of students led to the creation of the First Year College, a chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society, and the prestigious Park Scholarships program. Under his leadership, six-year graduation rates increased from 59% to 67%, reflecting his unwavering commitment to helping students succeed.
Larry Monteith’s impact extended beyond his time as Chancellor. As an NC State alumnus himself, he had a deep-rooted connection to the university. After earning his Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering in 1960, he pursued further education at Duke University, eventually returning to NC State in 1965. Over the years, he served as a professor, department head, dean, and, ultimately, as our Chancellor until his retirement in 1998. One of his lasting legacies was the transformation of Centennial Campus, which now stands as a symbol of innovation and progress. Larry oversaw the development of facilities such as the Lonnie Poole Golf Course, the Dorothy and Roy Park Alumni Center, and the StateView Hotel. His vision for the campus set the stage for the vibrant academic and research environment we enjoy today.
In recognition of his dedication to graduate education, the NC State Board of Trustees renamed the Engineering Graduate Research Center to the Monteith Research Center, ensuring that his contributions will continue to be celebrated and remembered by future generations. Chancellor Larry K. Monteith’s leadership, vision, and unwavering commitment to the success of our students have left an enduring legacy at NC State. His impact on the university and the broader community will be felt for years to come, and we honor his memory with gratitude and respect. Sincerely, Randy Woodson
Chancellor, North Carolina State University