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Kent State Trustee Woods Named to National Board of Directors

Posted Oct, 14, 2010

Kent State University Trustee and Chair-elect Jacqueline F. Woods has been named to the board of directors of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB), the country’s premier authority on higher-education governance.

Photo of Jacqueline F. WoodsWoods was appointed to the Kent State Board of Trustees in July 2004.  During her tenure, she has served in many leadership roles including vice chair, secretary, chair of the board’s development and external relations committees, and member of the board’s finance and audit committees. She also has served as the board’s representative to the Kent State University Foundation Board of Directors.

Woods was named president and CEO of Ameritech Ohio in 1993, the first woman in the nation to be president of a major public utility company. She oversaw its transformation from Ohio Bell ultimately to SBC/Ameritech Ohio.

She completed the Executive M.B.A. program at Northwestern University and holds a B.A. in psychology from Muskingum College.

Woods has served the greater Cleveland area for many years, as a volunteer, a trustee, and a board chair, at organizations such as The Cleveland Foundation, the Greater Cleveland Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Great Lakes Science Center, University Hospitals/Case Medical Center, PlayhouseSquare, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and Leadership Cleveland. She also has served on The Ohio State University Foundation Board and the board of the Columbus Metropolitan Library.

She serves on the boards of directors of The Timken Company, Anderson's Inc., and School Specialty Inc., and for many years she has served on the Board of Trustees of Muskingum College and the Muskingum Alumni Council, where she played a key role in the Cleveland area leadership of The Campaign for Muskingum.

“Ms. Woods brings vast experience in higher education governance to AGB,” said Richard Legon, president of AGB. “Her service on boards of independent and public universities, combined with her work on university foundation and non-profit boards, will be an asset to all of us at AGB.”

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