It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Woodward Hines Education Foundation founder Jack Woodward on February 23, 2018. Read on for Mr. Woodward’s legacy, his obituary, and remembrances from our leadership.
“Mr. Woodward’s shared vision with Herman Hines drove the creation of the Mississippi Higher Education Assistance Corporation, which gave many students access to the funds they needed to attend college. He had spent his career leading financial aid for Millsaps College, and his care for young people extended beyond the campus to all Mississippi students. During my tenure at the foundation, Mr. Woodward remained an active member of our board and a dedicated supporter of the work we do. We and thousands of past, current and future college students will be forever grateful for the hard work he did to make college accessible to so many across Mississippi. We have truly lost a giant.”
- Jim McHale, President and CEO of the Woodward Hines Education Foundation
“I worked for Mr. Woodward when I was a student at Millsaps, then later returned and worked in financial aid with him for 18 years. He was my work mentor and became a dear friend. My office was next to his, and I learned everything about caring for people by listening to how he treated others. He was always kind to them, no matter what, and he did everything in his power to make sure that the neediest students could attend college. It is a privilege to work at an organization that bears his name and will continue to serve students in Mississippi for many years to come. ”
- Ann Hendrick, Director of the Get2College Program
“For me, Jack Woodward will forever hold a special place. His financial aid counseling enabled me to attend Millsaps College and become the first college graduate in my family. Later I had the opportunity as a lawyer to work with Jack and Herman Hines to help them achieve their vision of creating Mississippi Higher Education Assistance Corporation and Education Services Foundation to meet the needs of students and their families. After serving as general counsel and working with Mr. Woodward until my retirement, I had the opportunity to join the boards of MHEAC and ESF. As a board member, I was so pleased to have the opportunity to participate in the decision to change the name of ESF to Woodward Hines Education Foundation to honor the contributions of Mr. Woodward and Mr. Hines. The Foundation’s signature program, Get2College, embodies Mr. Woodward’s life work of helping young people, particularly those with the greatest need, attain a higher education.”
- David Martin, Board Chair of the Woodward Hines Education Foundation