Title: Educator, College Administrator (Retired)
Company: Chesapeake College
Location: Easton, Maryland, United States
Willie G. Woods, PhD, Retired Educator and College Administrator at Chesapeake College, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in higher education and academic administration.
Dr. Woods retired in 2011 after amassing 44 years in the fields of education and administration. Most recently serving as the dean of the Division of Arts and Sciences at Chesapeake College from 1999 to 2011, she previously held multiple roles with Harrisburg Area Community College, including associate and full professor of English and education, supervisor of the Writing Center, coordinator of the Act 101 Basic Studies Program, director of the Academic Foundations Program and assistant dean of academic affairs. Likewise, she served the community college as chair and dean of the Division of Social Science, Public Services and Basic Education, acting vice president of faculty and instruction, teacher in the Community Resources Institute and senior professor, roles she held for 30 cumulative years. Alongside her primary endeavors, she has been a consultant, workshop moderator and presenter in the field.
To prepare for her career, Dr. Woods pursued a formal education at Shaw University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in 1965. She subsequently attended Duke University, obtaining a Master of Education in 1968. Later on in her career, she earned a Doctor of Philosophy from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1995. She also completed postgraduate studies at Pennsylvania State University, Temple University, the University of New Hampshire, New York University and the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. During her tenure, she has also served as an assistant editor and author of several handbooks and textbooks.
As a testament to her success, Dr. Woods had a day named in her honor by the Mayor of Harrisburg called the Dr. Willie G. Woods Day for Distinguished Service and Leadership in Central Pennsylvania. In addition, she was the recipient of the Black Student Union Award from Harrisburg Area Community College, the Youth Urban Services Volunteer of the Year Award, the Certificate of Merit for Community Services from the City of Harrisburg, the Ida B. Wells Excellence in Media Award and the Women Who Make a Difference Award from the Easton branch of the American Association of University Women. Furthermore, she was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Caroline County chapter and the Harriet Tubman Award from the Talbot County chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Ladies of Excellence Award from Fireflies Denton and the Golden Soror of the Year Award from the North Atlantic region of Alpha Kappa Alpha, among numerous other prestigious accolades. Listed in the Directory of Distinguished Americans, Dr. Woods was also highlighted in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who of American Women and Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders in America.
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