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New Board Trustee Spotlight: Kelly Collins Woodford

UWSWA welcomes Kelly Collins Woodford to our Board of Trustees. Kelly is the Associate Dean and Professor of Management at the University of South Alabama’s Mitchell College of Business. Kelly has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Spring Hill College and a Doctor of Laws from Georgetown University Law Center.

When asked why she accepted the invitation to the board, Kelly replied, “Joining the UWSWA Board of Trustees provides a unique opportunity to make a difference in our community. Having lived in Mobile most of my life, I’ve worked with a number of the partner agencies and have seen the difference those partner agencies make in the lives of others.”

In her free time, Kelly enjoys exercising as much as she can while taking her youngest daughter between sports practices and spending time with her family, especially when her children are home from college. Their favorite family tradition is having weeknight dinners all together sitting around the same table and catching up on one another’s lives.

What does leadership mean to you?

“In a 2004 article in Harvard Business Review, leadership was defined as the accomplishment of a goal through the actions of others. Leadership involves motivating others and aligning the group mission to a common goal. Thus, the person who can successfully work with and influence others to achieve a common goal is a leader. One who can do so day-after-day in a wide variety of circumstances in a great leader.”

What do you want Southwest Alabama to look like?

“I want Southwest Alabama to be a community that embraces and celebrates its diversity and a community known for taking care of those in need.”