Ruth Dial Woods,’62, has been inducted into the North Carolina Women’s Hall of Fame. She was one of four women to receive this honor in 2011.
The North Carolina Women’s Hall of Fame recognizes women for their outstanding accomplishments in the State of North Carolina. It was launched in 2009 as an initiative of the N.C. Governor’s Conference for Women. Inductees have demonstrated a lifetime of achievements including community service, professional leadership and advocacy on women’s issues.
Woods was the first Native American to attend Meredith College. She is one of 100 alumnae included in the College’s Park Center Mural, created to honor outstanding alumnae in 1999 as part of Meredith’s Centennial celebration.
On the profile accompanying the mural, Woods said “I believe my success was grounded in the Meredith experience. My education there provided me with a nurturing environment in which to grow academically, spiritually, morally and socially.”
A Robeson County, N.C. native, Woods is a longtime educator and civic leader who served public schools in Robeson County for more than 27 years. Woods was instrumental in lobbying for the creation of the North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs, and has served as program consultant for the Lumbee Tribal Council of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. She is currently the board chair of Sacred Pathways, Inc., a crisis ministry in Pembroke, North Carolina that provides services for the hungry, the addicted, the dislocated, and those dealing with emergency situations.
Woods earned a B.A. in English and Spanish from Meredith College, an M.Ed. from Pembroke State University, an Ed.D. from South Carolina State University and a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction at UNC-Chapel Hill.
N.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Sarah Parker was also inducted into the N.C. Women’s Hall of Fame for 2011. Parker attended Meredith College from 1960-62 before earning a B.A. and a J.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill.
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