Womack family's history woven with the University

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Alumnus and former state Sen. Andy Womack talks about his family's history with MTSU during the dedication of the Womack Educational Leadership Department in the College of Education April 14. (MTSU photo by Andy Heidt)

On April 14, we strengthened our University’s traditions of excellence in the College of Education by dedicating the Department of Educational Leadership in honor of the Womack family. I was honored to help celebrate their incalculable contributions to MTSU over many decades.

While many know Dr. Bob best of all for his legendary teaching, he was just one of many Womack children to serve the people of Tennessee.

His older siblings – Price, Paul, Helen, Ben and Sarah – were also MTSU graduates.

When the department naming was discussed several years ago, it was very important to Dr. Bob that their accomplishments be recognized as part of the naming.

The Womacks’ contributions continued through Andy’s leadership in the Senate for so many years that helped provide funding for several new facilities, including the Business and Aerospace Building; the James E. Walker Library; and the John Bragg College of Mass Communication building, while also shaping education policy for Tennessee.

In addition, countless students have benefited from the teaching of Lynn Womack and MTSU professor Dr. Lara Womack Daniels and from the ongoing involvement and support of Ricky and Andy.

Clearly, the Womacks’ impact on education and on MTSU especially has been tremendous.  And we are proud to tell you that their impact will continue in perpetuity.

As a family, they have established an endowment to support the teaching and research activities of the faculty in the Womack Department of Educational Leadership.

Faculty, just like Dr. Bob himself, who give so much of themselves to shape the next generation of educators and educational leaders.

The story of Womack family has interwoven with MTSU’s story in countless ways.

The best part of all is that the story continues to be written each and every day in the Womack Department of Educational Leadership.

We are so proud and so pleased that this department will bear their name.
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