Meeting the Challenge
James D. Woods '67 (B.S. business administration), chairman emeritus and former CEO of Baker Hughes Inc., and his wife, Jeanette, believe so strongly in education that they were the first pledge in a $1 million endowment three years ago.
In October 2014, at the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics' annual Economic Forecast, Dean Anil Puri announced the success of the campaign to support and sustain the event. The center that originates the forecast is now named the James and Jeanette Woods Center for Economic Analysis and Forecasting.
Woods enrolled at CSUF in 1960, the first year classes were offered on the permanent campus, attending night classes while working at Baker Hughes, where he moved up the corporate ladder. He retired in 1997 and now serves as a member of Mihaylo's Dean's Advisory Board.
"Jim's compassion and his feelings for his alma mater are examples that I hope future generations of students will look up to," said Puri. The $500,000 pledge they gave to kick off the Mihaylo endowment was but one of the many gifts and support that the Woods have given to the University. They have been a major contributor to Titan Athletics and he served as president of the Titan Athletic Foundation and campaign co-chair for the Titan Sports Complex. The alumnus also served on the cabinet for the $15 million Campaign for the College of Business and Economics; because of their support for the building campaign, his name now graces the grand foyer of Mihaylo Hall.
Woods has been honored with the Alumni Association's Distinguished Alumni Award, and in 2000 was recognized anew at the University's Vision & Visionaries gala. In 2006, he received an honorary doctorate of humane letters in recognition of his success as a business leader and philanthropist.