Scott Woodward has been an innovative leader in sports, higher education and government for more than twenty-five years, building a national reputation as an executive with integrity who produces results.
Since January of 2008, Woodward has served as the Director of Athletics at the University of Washington, overseeing a $65 million department with a staff of more than 200. The University athletic programs have flourished under his leadership, capturing three national championships and multiple Pac-10 titles. The Husky football program returned to the postseason in 2010 for the first time since 2001 and the men's basketball program won the Pac-10 Conference Tournament Championship and reached the NCAA's Sweet Sixteen in 2010. Woodward has led national coaching searches and negotiated multi-million dollar personnel contracts as well as eight-figure corporate sponsorship agreements.
Woodward requires more than simply on field excellence, pushing his staff and the student-athletes at the University of Washington to reach new heights in all of their endeavors. Currently, Washington ranks second in the Pac-12 in student-athlete graduation rates. With an exemplary record of compliance, hiring and diversity, the athletic department continues to excel in all areas under Woodward's leadership.
"Woodward requires more than simply on field excellence, pushing his staff and the student-athletes at the University of Washington to reach new heights in all of their endeavors."
Providing the student-athletes with championship caliber facilities has been a priority for Woodward. He has spearheaded the planning and fundraising for a $250 million athletic renovation and building project to be completed in 2013. This task will be accomplished without state support or student fees, no small feat in today's economic climate.
Woodward has also taken an active leadership role within the Pac-12 Conference. He is a member of the Pac-12 Revenue Sharing Committee, which is addressing the myriad issues surrounding the expansion of the Conference into the Pac-12.
Prior to his appointment as the Director of Athletics, Woodward served as the University of Washington's Vice President of External Affairs. He oversaw the University's Offices of Federal Relations, State Relations, Regional Affairs, Marketing and Media Relations and Communications. During his tenure, Woodward worked with members of Congress, state legislators, high-level donors, business and community leaders and other stake holders to fortify the future of the University with increased state and federal funding. From 2004 through 2005, Woodward worked as Special Assistant to the President for External Affairs, and led the restructuring of the University's central communications organization.
Before coming to the University of Washington, Woodward served as the Director of External Affairs at Louisiana State University from 2000-2004. Acting as the liaison between the university and government and corporate officials, he advised Chancellor Mark Emmert on policy and government appropriations. As with his tenure in External Affairs at Washington, Woodward helped lead LSU to unprecedented economic growth, paving the way for the University's move from a Tier II to Tier I research institution. At Louisiana State, Woodward also served as the Chancellor's representative to the athletic department. During his time at LSU, the institution's intercollegiate athletic teams won 10 NCAA national championships, including one in football in 2003.
Prior to moving into higher education, Woodward founded a government and public relations firm in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, providing strategic policy direction to Fortune 500 corporations, including clients in the education, insurance and oil industries. He also worked on behalf of the Louisiana Nature Conservancy and the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, as well as served on the Board of Directors of the Baton Rouge Food Bank. Before starting his consulting firm, Woodward was a political consultant and legislative liaison in the Office of the Governor of Louisiana, Buddy Roemer, at one time working alongside famed political consultant, James Carville. At the age of twenty-two, he managed his first congressional race.
Woodward holds a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from LSU. He is married to Nanette Dicharry and has two grown sons, Michael and Josh Evans.