Since becoming Texas A&M Director of Athletics in January 2016, Scott Woodward has overseen an incredible run by the Aggies, both on the field and off. “Texas A&M is an outstanding university and athletic program competing in what is arguably the best conference in college sports,” Woodward said at the time of his hiring. “I can promise the Aggie faithful that we will compete for championships across the board and we will do so with integrity, class and a commitment to our student-athletes.” And that is exactly what has happened. On the fields and courts and in the pools of competition, every Aggie sports program has participated in postseason play since Woodward’s arrival and Texas A&M was the only Southeastern Conference (SEC) institution in 2015-16 to have its football, men’s basketball and baseball teams participate in the postseason. The Aggies added two national championship trophies in 2016-17 as the men’s indoor track and field squad won the 2017 NCAA title before the 12th Man at the Gilliam Indoor Stadium and the women’s equestrian team won the National Collegiate Equestrian Association national crown. The track squad posted a thrilling victory in the final race on the final lap of the 4x400-meter relay while the equestrian team became the first program in the current championship format to post four meet wins in claiming the title. Aggie teams have won six SEC titles during Woodward’s tenure, including women’s swimming & diving twice, men’s basketball, baseball’s tournament championship, men’s tennis and men’s outdoor track and field. During the 2016-17 academic year, 133 student-athletes earned their degrees, evidence of the Department’s commitment to academics and education. Athletics finished the spring semester with a record 325 student-athletes earning grade-point averages of 3.0 or higher, with a record ten teams posting a team GPA of 3.0 or higher. Woodward has worked tirelessly to develop key relationships across the university community, the Texas A&M University System and with the 12th Man Foundation, to raise funds for scholarships, programs and facilities on behalf of the Athletics Department. A $28.6 million softball facility and $39.8 million outdoor track and field stadium are under construction and, when completed in 2018, will be among the finest in the country. Additional facility upgrades have been completed – or are planned – to provide Aggie student-athletes with world-class facilities to reach their full potential. Ensuring that students-athletes leave Texas A&M with a world class education and a degree – with real life skills to take them far – are cornerstones of Woodward’s approach. He has worked to increase the number of career placement opportunities for student-athletes through engagement initiatives and has led the initiative to redesign and implement a specific program for career placement for student-athletes to help bridge the gap from being a student-athlete to their first full-time job. Woodward’s commitment to student-athletes extends beyond the courts, pool, fields and classrooms. Last year, Athletics hired the first full-time mental health professional in the athletics department, with a second full-time mental health professional position approved.
He has added a third full-time nutritionist and two full-time athletic trainers. Woodward’s approach is part of his mentality to be intentional regarding the total well-being of Aggie student-athletes. The welfare of Texas A&M student-athletes shapes every decision. “Scott has made a significant, positive impact on the Athletic Department and, indeed, the entire university in his time here,” said Michael K. Young, President of Texas A&M University. “I have great respect for his understanding of higher education and the role that athletics plays in an institution and community and the vital role it can play in preparing student-athletes for success in life. I appreciate his collaborative style as well as that of the tremendous coaches and staff with whom he works to make Texas A&M among the most successful athletic programs in the nation.” Prior to arriving in College Station, Woodward served as Director of Athletics at the University of Washington from 2008 through 2015. The Husky athletics programs flourished under his leadership, capturing seven national championships and multiple conference titles. The Husky football program returned to the postseason in 2010 for the first time since 2001, and made five straight bowl appearances. Woodward garnered wide acclaim in 2013 for hiring current head football coach Chris Peterson, who led the UW football team to the College Football Playoff in 2016. The men’s basketball program won the 2012 PAC-12 regular season championship, 2011 and 2010 PAC-10 Conference Tournament Championships and reached the NCAA’s Sweet Sixteen in 2010. Washington ranked fourth in the PAC-12 Conference in student-athlete graduation rates and ranked second over a ten-year average. Under Woodward’s leadership, Washington demonstrated an exemplary record of compliance, hiring and diversity. Fundraising set all-time records under Woodward and he helped secure multiple high-figure corporate sponsorships. He also led the $280 million renovation of Husky Stadium, completed in 2013, and the complete renovation of Husky Ballpark and the Baseball Player Development Center. In recognition of his accomplishments at Washington, Woodward was nominated by the Sports Business Journal for the prestigious Athletic Director of the Year Award in March of 2014. Woodward served as Vice Chancellor of External Affairs at Washington from 2004-2008, prior to his appointment as Director of Athletics, a similar role to one he held at LSU from 2000-2004. Acting as the liaison between the university and government and corporate officials, he advised then-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 LSU, Woodward also served as the Chancellor’s representative to the athletics department. During his time with the Tigers, the institution’s intercollegiate athletic teams won 10 NCAA national championships, including one in football in 2003. After serving as a political consultant and legislative liaison in Baton Rouge, Woodward founded a government and public relations firm in the mid-1990s, 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. Woodward earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from LSU in 1985. He is married to Nanette Dicharry and has two adult sons, Michael and Josh Evans.