Woody Fish Announces Plans to Retire

Two-Time Alumnus has served the University in Various Capacities

Woody Fish Announces Plans to Retire

A longtime administrator of Gardner-Webb University, H. Woodrow “Woody” Fish, has announced his plans to retire. Fish, also a two-time alumnus, has served GWU in various capacities. He will step down at the end of June from his role as vice president for University Advancement.

“Woody Fish has dedicated a good portion of his life and his career to Gardner-Webb, and we are profoundly grateful for his many and varied contributions that span several decades,” observed GWU President Dr. William M. Downs. “I fully appreciate all that Woody has done for our institution. We wish him the very best as he now sets out to write the next chapter with his wife and best friend, Pam.”

Fish earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Physical Education from Gardner-Webb in 1973. From 1971-’73, he achieved honors as a linebacker for the Runnin’ Bulldogs. In 1983, he received his Master of Arts degree in Health Education from Gardner-Webb. Following graduation, he worked in a variety of coaching and administrative roles at GWU. While head football coach, Fish won 72 games, including two National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) playoff berths. The team finished second in the 1992 NAIA National Championship Bowl. Fish was inducted into the GWU Sports Hall of Fame in 2003.

In 2006, Fish became assistant vice president of Development for Athletics. He has also served as associate vice president of Development and Alumni Relations and vice president for External Affairs and special assistant to the president. In his current role, Fish led Alumni Relations, Major Gifts, the Bulldog Club, and the Annual Fund.

“From the time I arrived on campus as a freshman in 1971, the Gardner-Webb family has welcomed me and given me the knowledge and skills to grow as a person and a leader,” Fish reflected. “I am grateful for the years I spent coaching young people and for the time I have worked alongside the people on campus, as well as the alumni and friends of the University. I will always be a Runnin’ Bulldog.”

Woody and Pam Fish live in Shelby and have two sons, Brandon and Patrick.