LSU named former Texas A&M athletic director Scott Woodward to the same role Thursday, according to a press release from LSU.
He will be formally introduced in Baton Rouge on Tuesday during an event that is open to the public, with the time and location yet to be decided.
“Returning home to the LSU family to lead the department of athletics is incredibly humbling and exciting,” Woodward said in the release. “The state university has been a part of my life for more than five decades, and I know – and I embrace – the high expectations of Tiger Nation. We will win championships and we will do it the right way, representing LSU with pride and dignity every step of the way. I want to thank President Alexander for the opportunity of a lifetime and I cannot wait to get started. Geaux Tigers!”
Texas A&M President Michael K. Young issued a statement following LSU’s announcement, thanking Woodward for his work in Aggieland.
“We are grateful for Scott Woodward’s efforts in elevating Aggie Athletics and for his outstanding service to Texas A&M during his tenure as Athletic Director,” the statement read. “His dedication to our student athletes, staff and excellence in recruitment of coaches will have a lasting impact as will the work he accomplished overseeing the opening of several major facilities. He will be missed and we wish him the best as he heads back to his roots in his next role.”
Woodward’s three-year tenure in Aggieland was highlighted by high-profile hires in football and men’s basketball. He lured Jimbo Fisher away from Florida State in December 2017 with a 10-year, $75 million contract. This month, Woodward pulled Virginia Tech men’s basketball coach Buzz Williams to A&M in a six-year deal that begins at $3.8 million annually with raises of $100,000 per year.
Also, under the 55-year-old Woodward, A&M opened up $28 million Davis Diamond for softball last year and $35 million E.B. Cushing Stadium for the track program this month.
Woodward came to A&M after working for Young at Washington. Along with his big-name hires in Aggieland, Woodward also hit a big home run by hiring Boise State’s Chris Peterson as football coach at Washington.
From 2000-2004, Woodward served as the director of external affairs at LSU, while current Aggie head football coach Jimbo Fisher was the Tigers’ offensive coordinator. Previous to that appointment, Woodward co-owned a public relations firm in Baton Rouge. He graduated from LSU in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree in political science.
At A&M, Woodward had a base contract of $900,000 per year in a deal that runs through January 2021. Woodward’s buyout is $40,960, should his contract be terminated before January 2020, according to The Dallas Morning News.
Exiting Texas A&M University System Board of Regents Chairman Charles Schwartz told The Eagle that, while there have been ongoing discussions in regards to the salaries of all of the university’s senior administrators, he could not remember a proposal relating to Woodward’s salary.
“It could not be a reaction to the Board of Regents refusal to a salary proposal presented to them,” Schwartz said in regard to reports of Woodward’s departure.
Woodward replaces Joe Alleva, who will assume the role of special assistant to the president for donor relations.