The Man with the Plan– Mr. H. Woody Fish

By Katie Spiro, Gardner-Webb Media Student

“This is a place that develops you to be the total person.
Gardner-Webb gives students moral fibers for life.”

Those are the words of Mr. H. Woody Fish, Assistant VP of
Alumni Relations and Development at Gardner-Webb University. Originally from Canton,
NC, Fish transferred to Gardner-Webb from Western Carolina University and played
varsity football.

Earning his undergraduate degree in Health and Public
Education and graduate degree in Health Education, Fish has been at
Gardner-Webb for over 22 years.

Serving as a student, Assistant Football Coach, Head
Football Coach, and Athletic Director, Fish’s Gardner-Webb resume encompasses a
mighty range of experience.

Involved in nearly every area of university
development, Fish recently helped secure the endowment of multiple tennis scholarships,
as well as scholarship opportunities for Gardner-Webb women basketball players,
theater students, and need-based students.

With notable accomplishments that include heavy involvement
in the Tucker Student Center, John Henry Moss Baseball Stadium, and the Bill
and Sue Masters Athletic Facility, Fish has progressed both the image and
standard of Gardner-Webb University.

“Seeing the success we have had over the years has been an
absolute blessing,” said Fish. Wearing a lot different hats, Fish enjoys the
versatility of his job. “Raising money and promoting Gardner-Webb are my top
priorities.” Whether he is on the road, in his office, or out on campus, Fish
says, “If I didn’t enjoy my job, I would do something else.”

Fish lives in Shelby with his wife Pam. They have 2 grown
sons, Brandon and Patrick.


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