December 10, 2001
F. G. Woodward, for whom the library is named, has been called the "academic architect" of Austin Peay. What were his contributions to the University?
Answer: Woodward served in several capacities from 1929 until he retired in 1968. Initially a member of the English department, he later became dean and worked to obtain accreditation for the college by the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. When he succeeded, he turned to achieving accreditation of the teacher education program. Woodward sought to make Austin Peay a strong liberal arts college. To that end, in 1948 he introduced what became known as the core curriculum, a group of liberal arts courses required of all students. The curriculum remained almost intact until its revision in 1975. Woodward died from a heart attack in 1971.