State School Superintendent Richard Woods was inducted into the Bagwell College of Education Hall of Fame at Kennesaw State University on Thursday, March 23. He was among the first inductees into the Hall of Fame, which honors KSU alumni who have made significant contributions in the field of education.
"We are ever so proud to have Superintendent Woods among our inaugural inductees into the Bagwell College of Education Hall of Fame," said Dr. Arlinda Eaton, Dean of the Bagwell College of Education. "He exemplifies the caliber of alumni who have successfully completed educator preparation programs at Kennesaw State University."
Superintendent Woods has served as State School Superintendent since 2014, overseeing Georgia’s 2,300+ schools and nearly 1.8 million students. He graduated from Kennesaw State’s Bagwell College of Education with a bachelor's degree in middle school/secondary social studies, before going on to gain a master’s degree in educational leadership from Valdosta State University. Prior to being elected State School Superintendent, he was a high-school teacher for 14 years and served as assistant principal, principal, curriculum director, testing coordinator, pre-K director and alternative school director.
Superintendent Woods joins Cobb County Superintendent Chris Ragsdale, Tanya Curren, Dr. Susan Padgett-Harrison, Dr. Raquel Rimpola, Shea Thomas, and Dean Yoder in the Bagwell College of Education Hall of Fame. The College will honor the inaugural class by offering a scholarship in the name of each Hall of Famer; aspiring educators at KSU will be eligible to apply for one of the seven $1,000 scholarships.
“We are honoring a group of our alumni who demonstrate that they have taken what they learned here at Kennesaw State and applied it out in the community, and have made a real difference in our world,” said Ron Matson, KSU’s senior associate vice president for academic affairs. “These inductees that we honor here today exemplify the leadership and the values that we have inculcated in our graduates because of the fine work done in the College of Education.”