C. Patrick Woods is the Director of Talent Management and Diversity at Westar Energy in Topeka. In addition to his work at Westar, Patrick has served in a variety of leadership roles within state and local government, specifically as Director of Advancement for the College of LAS at the University of Kansas, Education Policy Adviser and legislative liaison for Governor Kathleen Sebelius, Director of Governmental Affairs for the Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services, and president of the Board of Education for the Topeka Public Schools, USD 501. For his work, in 2013 Mr. Woods was named one of “50 Kansans You Should Know” by Ingram’s Business Magazine in Kansas City, and one of Greater Topeka’s “20 under 40″ Top Professionals in 2010 by the Jayhawk Area Council BSA. Academically, Mr. Woods earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science-History with a minor in Spanish from Friends University in Wichita, Kan., and his master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Kansas.
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