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Summer 2011, Vol. 14, No. 3
Class Notes: Alumni News

University Honors Couple with Prestigious Award

Chuck Woods, Sherri Woods, Troy Paino
President Troy D. Paino (on right) presented the Presidentís Leadership Award to Chuck (í86) and Sherri (Pierce) Woods at the Truman State University Foundation Banquet on April 9, 2011.

President Troy D. Paino presented Chuck and Sherri (Pierce) Woods with the 2011 Presidentís Leadership Award at the annual Truman State University Foundation Banquet held on campus April 9, 2011. The award honors select Truman alumni and friends for meritorious service through their gifts of volunteerism, expertise and financial resources.

Chuck and Sherriís affinity for the University dates back to the 1980s when they were students on the Truman campus. They first met in an Accounting II class and have maintained a strong connection with the University over the years. Chuck graduated from Truman in 1986 with a bachelorís degree in business administration and earned a masterís of business administration from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.

Sherri began her undergraduate work at Truman and finished her bachelorís of science in communications at St. Louis University. Today, Chuck works for The Boeing Company, where he serves as vice president and chief financial officer for Engineering, Operations & Technology, which provides a wide range of technical services including flight testing of commercial and military aircraft, scientific and laboratory testing, information technology and advanced research and development. Before being appointed to his current position in March 2011,

Chuck served as vice president of Supplier Management for the Boeing Military Aircraft Division and was responsible for managing $6 billion in annual supply base expenditures with more than 3,000 global suppliers. Chuckís exceptional service to his alma mater includes serving as Trumanís executive focal with his employer to help foster a strategic corporate partnership between the University and The Boeing Company that ranges from the recruitment of alumni to offering internships for students to opening Boeingís corporate facility for special events organized by Trumanís Admissions and Advancement Offices. He has also been instrumental in helping secure Boeingís philanthropic investment of more than $425,000 in Truman programs.

In addition, Chuck served two terms on the Truman State University Foundation Board of Directors where the University benefitted from his leadership, first as chair of the Developmental Committee and in his final year as president of the board. In 2006, Truman presented Chuck with a Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his professional accomplishments and his outstanding commitment to Truman. He is also actively involved in his local community serving as a Boy Scout leader and co-chair of the Church Council at St. Andrew United Methodist Church.

In the early 1990s, Sherri was employed at Ranken Technical College in the Development Office, and prior to that, she worked in marketing at Citicorp Mortgage. Over the past 16 years, she has been an active volunteer for her church, community and school district. In addition, she has held various PTA positions at her childrenís schools and chaired many committees. In 2009 she was named Russell Elementary Volunteer of the Year. She also has been a Girl Scout and Cub Scout leader, and in 2009, Sherri received the Girl Scout Outstanding Leader Award. Currently, she serves as treasurer of the Hazelwood Boys Lacrosse Club and the Hazelwood West Band Booster Club.

Both Chuck and Sherri are members of the John R. Kirk Society and the Pershing Circle, and they have supplemented their acts of service to Truman with generous financial gifts. The couple established the Chuck and Sherri Woods Endowment for Business Excellence with a gift of $25,000 that was matched equally by Boeing to establish a program in leadership development for Truman business students.

Chuck and Sherri reside in Hazelwood, Mo., and have three children: Bryce, Ally and Justin.

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