C. Patrick Woods has been a Kansas Health Foundation board member since 2016 and currently serves as Vice Chair.
Woods is the Director of Business Affairs for ITC Holdings, a Fortis Company, officing in the Topeka, KS location. In his work for ITC, Patrick oversees state regulatory affairs, local government and legislative affairs, community and stakeholder relations, and customer solutions and business development for the company’s Great Plains operating company.
In addition to his work at ITC, Patrick has served in a variety of leadership roles in the private sector and in state and local government, including stints as the Director of Talent Management & Diversity at Westar Energy, Director of Advancement for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Kansas, policy advisor and legislative liaison for Governor Kathleen Sebelius, and Director of Governmental Affairs for the Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services. He has served as Chairman of the Kansas African American Affairs Commission, president of the Board of Education for the Topeka Public Schools, USD 501, president of the Kansas Association of School Boards, and trustee for Friends University.
Currently, he serves as a member of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Advisory Board at the University of Kansas, lifetime member of the Topeka Branch NAACP, Trustee for the Topeka Civic Theatre and Academy, and Trustee for The University of Kansas Health System-St. Francis Campus. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated.
For his work in the public sector, Mr. Woods was named one of “50 Kansans You Should Know” in 2013 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. In 2016, he was honored for his work in the private sector with the “Governor’s Award” by the Kansas State High School Activities Association for his work in the field of secondary education, and in 2018 he was recognized as one of the “Top Executives in Corporate Diversity” by Black Enterprise, and a “Hawk to Watch” by the University of Kansas College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Mr. Woods earned a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Kansas, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science-History with a minor in Spanish from Friends University in Wichita, Kan. He also holds certificates for studies completed at La Salle University in Cancun, Mexico and the University of Barcelona, in Barcelona, Spain.
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