(LWIT) President David Woodall passed away suddenly Monday of an apparent heart attack, announced the school in a press release issued Tuesday afternoon. He was 67.
“This is a devastating day for us all in the Lake Washington community,” said LWIT Board of Trustees Chair Bruce J. Reid in the release. “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.”
Woodall first joined LWIT on Jan. 1, 2011 as interim president, replacing retiring president Sharon McGavick. The LWIT Board of Trustees later named him the eighth president of the college on Nov. 30, 2011.
Before coming to LWIT, Woodall spent more than seven years at 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.
Earlier in his career, 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 also served as a visiting scientist for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Space, as 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.
Dr. Woodall 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 maintains dedicated to the college’s forward momentum and leadership, said the school.
--Information from the Lake Washington Institute of Technology.