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Jacqueline Dudek Woods, Class of 1969

Named president and CEO of Ameritech Ohio in 1993,  Jacqueline Dudek Woods was the first woman in the nation to be president of a major public utility company and oversaw its transformation from Ohio Bell to Ameritech Ohio.

After earning her B.A. in psychology at Muskingum College, she began her career in 1970 as a business office supervisor at Ohio Bell in Cleveland. She rose through a number of challenging management positions before being named president of Ohio Bell Communications, a company she helped form, in 1986. She then served as vice president of finance and administration and later vice president of business marketing for Ameritech Services.

She earned a master’s degree in the Executive M.B.A. program at Northwestern University.

Ms. Woods’ considerable success has been recognized in many ways, most notably by induction, in 1998, into the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame and receipt of the 1996 Humanitarian Award of the National Conference of Christians and Jews. She is a strong supporter of independent higher education and has served on the Muskingum Alumni Council, played a key role in the Cleveland area leadership of The Campaign for Muskingum and is currently an active member of the Board of Trustees of Muskingum College.

In 1994 she was awarded the college’s highest honor, the Alumni Distinguished Service Award. In 1993 she joined the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges (OFIC) Board of Trustees and  served as chair of the 50th Anniversary Committee.  In 2000, she was inducted into OFIC’s Hall of Excellence. In 2004, she was named to the Board of Trustees of Kent State University