Richard Woodring Endowed Professorship

Dean Woodring and Dean Walker
Dean Woodring and Dean Walker

Drexel University's College of Engineering is proud to share that an alumnus of the College has made a leadership gift toward establishing the Richard Woodring ’54, HD ’10 Professor, honoring the remarkable legacy of Dean of Engineering Emeritus and Professor Emeritus Dr. Richard "Dick" Woodring.

Dean Woodring has been instrumental in shaping Drexel Engineering into what it is today over his nearly 40-year career. Joining the faculty in 1956 after receiving his BS in civil engineering in 1954, Dean Woodring impacted thousands of students.

During his nearly forty years of working at the University, his accomplishments included leading the expansion of a comprehensive curriculum for the College, and he helped develop interdisciplinary programs to prepare students for the emerging challenges in the environmental and biomedical fields. As a founder of the PRIME (Philadelphia Regional Introduction for Minorities to Engineering) consortium, he helped establish Drexel’s role as an early leader in encouraging diversity in STEM careers.

This professorship will help the College of Engineering recruit and retain world-class faculty focused on student success, reflecting Dean Woodring's own enduring values. As Peggy Burns '79, chair of the Executive Advisory Council described of her first meeting with Dean Woodring, "He detected my determination, and he realized determination was every bit as important as hard work and studying for someone who was seeking an engineering degree. From that day on...I felt like I belonged.”

We hope that you will join in honoring Dean Woodring's incredible influence as an educator and leader by contributing to the professorship in his name. Your support will advance engineering education for generations to come.

Make a secure online donation here