President Dr. David Woodall Passes Away

September  4, 2012

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Dr. David Woodall

Kirkland, Wash.: Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWIT) President Dr. David Woodall passed away suddenly Monday of an apparent heart attack.

"This is a devastating day for us all in the Lake Washington community," said LWIT Board of Trustees Chair Bruce J. Reid. "David was a kind-hearted, friendly man, excited about our college, its faculty, its staff, and above all, its students. He was dedicated to transforming the college into a world-class polytechnic institute and his vision is an inspiration we shall aspire to keep alive as we move forward. All of our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife and their family."

Dr. David Woodall, 67, joined LWIT on Jan. 1, 2011, as interim president, replacing retiring president Dr. Sharon McGavick. The LWIT Board of Trustees named him the eighth president of the college on Nov. 30, 2011. Before coming to LWIT, Dr. Woodall served more than seven years with the Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT). At OIT he served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and later Acting President before being named Director of OIT Seattle in 2009.

Prior to OIT, Dr. Woodall taught and served in academic administration at the University of New Mexico (Department of Chemical and Nuclear Engineering), the University of Idaho (College of Engineering), the University of Alaska-Fairbanks (College of Science, Engineering and Mathematics), and the University of Rochester (Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Sciences).

Dr. Woodall served as a visiting scientist for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Space, a visiting faculty member at Universidad Nacional Autonoma in Mexico City, a visiting staff member at Los Alamos National Laboratory, and as a consultant for several U.S. companies. He authored one book, 46 journal articles and publications, and more than two-dozen presentations to groups ranging from U.S. House subcommittees and state legislators to departmental seminar attendees.

The LWIT Board of Trustees has begun the process to identify an acting president for the college and remains dedicated to the college's forward momentum and leadership.

Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWIT) is a broad-based polytechnic college offering instruction in 36 areas of instruction toward a spectrum of more than 100 bachelor and associate level degrees and certificates designed to give students the latest cutting edge skills relevant to today's workplace. Founded in 1949, LWIT offers hands-on, real-world training in manufacturing, transportation, energy, business, allied health, computer and information systems, food and hospitality, and health and fitness. For information and news about LWIT programs, please visit our Press Room.


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