JSU Alumni Association president to receive national award

Terry L. Woodard

(JACKSON, Miss.) – Terry L. Woodard, Jackson State University National Alumni Association president, has been chosen to receive the inaugural Legacy of Leaders National Alumni President of the Year Award from the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc.

Woodard is a 1988 graduate of Jackson State. He will receive the national honor at the organization’s annual Hall of Famers Awards Luncheon on Sept. 28 at the Atlanta Hyatt Regency.

“I am extremely honored and humbled to be chosen for the Legacy of Leaders Awards as I continue to strive to carry on Jackson State’s legacy of changing lives through teaching, research and service,” Woodard said.

The Hall of Fame induction ceremony honors HBCU graduates for their distinguished service to their country, their alma mater and for excelling in their field of endeavor.

A native of Gloster, Miss., Woodard holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Jackson State with a concentration in business management. He holds certification in Leadership from the Mississippi Institute for Management and Executive Development and Cornell University.

While a student at Jackson State, Woodard was active in numerous campus clubs and organizations. Upon graduation, he was employed for two years as business manager of the JSU Universities Center before joining the Kroger Co. in Houston, Texas. He currently works as a district manager for Sodexo, Inc., where he is responsible for 10 accounts in Mississippi and Arkansas.

In 1994, Woodard joined Clark Atlanta University where he was active in numerous campus and national professional organizations. Under his leadership, the Metro Atlanta Alumni Chapter of JSU was deemed the premier chapter of all JSU Alumni Association chapters.

For his wide-ranging work on behalf of JSU and the Alumni Association, Woodard has received numerous awards including Alumnus of the Year in 2005. In May, he was elected to his second term as president of the JSU National Alumni Association on a three-point platform:

  • Strategic positioning of the association to be prepared to sustain local, state, national and global decisions that affect Jackson State;
  • Educating alumni and friends on the importance of active involvement and contributions that benefit Jackson State
  • Increasing membership and financial support to the Alumni Association to benefit JSU.

Woodard has personally donated thousands of dollars to Jackson State to assist with scholarships, student activities and athletics, and is a member of JSU’s Diamond Level Club and the Clay-Lackey Society.


16 thoughts on “JSU Alumni Association president to receive national award

  1. Terry, words cannot describe how illuminating your unselfishness and untiring efforts have launched JSU to a greater capacity. I pray that God continues his blessings and guidance as you develop future, life-long itches in a community of practice to JSU and the blue/white family.

    Professor L. Hamilton

  2. BIG CONGRATULATIONS!! We are so blessed to have you represent our University. This is only the beginning of the many achievements left for you to mark in history. Keep going higher!!

  3. Thanks Terry for being the person that you are, but also being the catalyst for change in helping Jackson State University become the best!

  4. Terry your commitment to the University and Alumni Association is bar none. Congratulations and keep on supporting the Blue and White!
    Hal Merritt- JSU Alumni Gulf Coast Chapter President
    Saucier, Ms

  5. All grads are proud of Jackson State and the Alumni Association constantly grovides new reasons why this is true. Thanks, Terry, for being a new source of pride.
    Shirley Stennis-Williams, Class of 1958
    Madison, Wisconsin

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