UW will name an interim athletic director "in the coming days," and a search committee will be formed to find Scott Woodward's successor.
The University of Washington will form a search committee and begin a national search to find Scott Woodward‘s replacement as the Huskies’ athletic director, UW President Ana Mari Cauce said Friday, the same day Texas A&M officially named Woodward its new AD.
UW will name an interim athletic director “in the coming days,” Cauce said. Woodward will remain on at UW through the end of January.
“Intercollegiate Athletics has marked numerous accomplishments under Scott’s watch, including significant increases in student-athletes’ average GPA across our 22 teams, national championships in softball, women’s cross country and men’s and women’s crew, and construction of the new Husky Stadium, among many others,” Cauce said in a statement to The Times. “Scott’s leadership will be missed, and we wish him well at Texas A&M.”
Woodward will depart UW after eight years as the athletic director, as The Times reported Wednesday. Before becoming UW’s AD, he was UW’s vice president of external affairs from 2004-08.
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He was hired by Texas A&M president Michael K. Young, who was UW’s president from 2011-2015.
Woodward, a Louisiana native, was looking to move closer to his Southern roots, and a source close to UW said Young was particularly fond of Woodward’s work at UW.
“It is an honor to join the Aggie Family and I am humbled and grateful for the opportunity that President Young has afforded me,” Woodward said in a statement released by Texas A&M. “Texas A&M is an outstanding university and athletic program competing in what is arguably the best conference in college sports. 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. I couldn’t be more excited to get started.”
Senior associate athletic directors Jennifer Cohen and Stephanie Rempe are expected to be two internal candidates to succeed Woodward.
Woodward will be formally introduced in College Station on Monday.
“I am thrilled that Scott will lead the Texas A&M athletic department at an important time in the history of our school, as we continue to showcase our successes as one of the nation’s premier athletic programs,” Young said in a statement. “I have great respect and admiration 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. His ability to work across multiple constituencies in a collaborative and thoughtful manner will certainly be an asset in this position. I am confident that under Scott’s leadership, working closely with our tremendous coaches and staff, that Texas A&M will continue to be among the most successful athletic programs in the nation.”