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What's in a name? Part IX

Do you ever wonder about the people for whom buildings on TWU campuses are named?

Woodcock Hall, formerly known as the Human Development Building, was dedicated in honor of Richard W. Woodcock, Ed.D., on May 2, 2018, in recognition of his scholarly achievements and extraordinary generosity to the university.

Woodcock, author of the world-renowned Woodcock-Johnson tests of achievement and cognitive abilities, gave $10 million to Texas Woman’s in 2015, which at that time was the largest single donation in TWU history. The Woodcock Institute for the Advancement of Neurocognitive Research and Applied Practice was an outgrowth of that gift.

Woodcock is considered the world’s foremost educational test developer, and is one of the most prolific and influential figures in the field of applied psychological assessment. Read more about Richard W. Woodcock.

Richard W. Woodcock, far right, watches as his name is unveiled at the building
dedication. (Photo by Michael Modecki)


This is the ninth story in an occasional series on the history behind TWU buildings.
Previous stories:
Part I — Stoddard Hall
Part II — Student Union
Part III — Blagg-Huey Library
Part IV — Stark and Guinn residence halls
Part V – TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences – Dallas Center
Part VI — Ann Stuart Science Complex
Part VII — Bralley Annex
Part VIII — Margo Jones Performance Hall