woodward founders

Our Visionary Founders

Jack Woodward was appointed by the bishop to teach religion and serve as the Director of Religious Life at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, for a period of two years—but he stayed for many more. He was later named Director of Financial Aid and, in 1986, became Dean of Student Aid Financial Planning, serving in that position until his retirement from the college in 1999. 

Over those 30-plus years, Woodward met many bright students who longed to attend college but simply did not have the means. Moved by their plight, Woodward envisioned an organization that would help more Mississippi students get to college. In 1980, he joined with J. Herman Hines, then CEO of Deposit Guaranty Bank, to lead an effort to create that organization.

 

Woodward Hines Education Foundation

The efforts of Woodward and Hines resulted in the formation of Mississippi Higher Education Assistance Corporation, a nonprofit created to provide a secondary market for student loans, and later the establishment of Education Services Foundation, a nonprofit created to increase the level of appropriate quality education in Mississippi. Education Services Foundation was later named Woodward Hines Education Foundation in honor of its key visionary founders. Both Woodward and Hines remained active in the organization until their deaths, Hines in 2010 and Woodward in 2018. 

In helping so many others realize their dreams, Woodward and Hines fulfilled their own.