LSU DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS
Baton Rouge native and LSU alumnus
Scott Woodward was named athletics
director at his alma mater on April 18,
2019, after serving in the same position
for the past four years at Texas A&M
Woodward is a consensus-building leader
who is committed to excellence in all
facets of athletic department. His vision
for success centers on graduating
student-athletes, providing an unmatched
student-athlete experience and winning
championships with integrity. As part of his obligation to student-athletes,
he develops key relationships across the university community and with the
Tiger Athletic Foundation, which raises funds for scholarships, programs and
facilities on behalf of the Athletics Department.
During Woodward’s tenure at Texas A&M, every sports program participated
in postseason play and the Aggies won nine SEC titles, including men’s
basketball, baseball, men’s tennis (twice), soccer, women’s swimming and
diving (three times), and men’s outdoor track and field. He also spearheaded
the construction of a world-class track & field stadium, as well as a stateof
the-art softball facility.
Woodward places a priority on making sure students-athletes earn a
degree and develop real life skills that will help them throughout their
professional careers. At Texas A&M, he worked to increase the number of
career placement opportunities for student-athletes through engagement
initiatives. He led an initiative to redesign and implement a specific program
for career placement to help bridge the gap from being a student-athlete to
gaining their first full-time job.
Woodward, who previously served as LSU’s Director of External Affairs from
2000-2004, served as the vice president of external affairs at the University
of Washington, prior to being named director of athletics in 2008. During
Woodward’s time leading the Husky athletic programs, UW captured seven
national championships and multiple conference titles during his tenure.
As director of athletics at Washington from 2008 through 2015, Woodward
supervised a department with revenue exceeding $100 million per year and
a staff of more than 200. Woodward garnered wide acclaim in 2013 for
hiring head football coach Chris Petersen, who led the UW football team to
a College Football Playoff in 2016.
Washington ranked fourth in the Pac-12 Conference in student-athlete
graduation rates and ranked second over a 10-year average. Fundraising
set all-time records under Woodward, and he secured multiple high-figure
As LSU’s director of external affairs from 2000-2004, Woodward acted as
the liaison between the university and government and corporate officials,
and 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 championships, including one
in football in 2003.
Prior to working in higher education, Woodward co-owned a government and
public relations firm in Baton Rouge and provided strategic policy direction
to Fortune 500 corporations, including clients in the education, insurance
and oil industries.
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
Director of Athletics
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