Wood Family Foundation Pledges Additional $2 Million to Wood Health Sciences Building



ODESSA (Aug. 5, 2021) – Odessa College announced today that an additional financial pledge made by the Wood Family Foundation of $2 million would complete the $40 million Phase 1 capital campaign for the new Wood Health Sciences Building. In December 2020, the Foundation made the first pledge to OC’s new Health Sciences Building campaign in the amount of $5 million, naming the building the Wood Health Sciences Building.

“The Wood Family Foundation’s $7 million investment in the Wood Health Sciences Building will leave a lasting legacy in our community,” Dr. Greg Williams, Odessa College President, said. “Their support of this project helped launch the campaign in December, and eight months later, we’re wrapping up Phase I of the capital campaign with a total of $25 million in community support.”

With the additional $2 million pledge to the project, the Wood Family Foundation has committed a total of more than $11 million to Odessa College since 2012. Other major gifts from the Wood Family Foundation include $3 million for the naming of the Wood Math and Science Building in 2012 and significant annual support of the Student Success Scholarship fund.

“We believe in Odessa, and we believe in Odessa College,” Don Wood said. “Dr. Williams and the entire OC team are doing important work, and we at the Wood Family Foundation believe it is imperative that we support their efforts.”

The Wood Family Foundation is focused on supporting education, healthcare and capital campaigns with emphasis on helping families and Odessa grow and prosper. Since it began, the Foundation has made contributions to many organizations in Odessa including IDEA Public Schools, the Crisis Center, Boys & Girls Club, Permian Basin Rehabilitation Center, United Way of Odessa, West Texas Food Bank, Meals on Wheels, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and UT Permian Basin. 

OC plans to break ground on the Wood Health Sciences Building at 10 am, Wednesday, September 1. The Phase II capital campaign for the project is now underway and will include naming opportunities for classrooms, study rooms, computer labs, suites and the community room as well as donor wall plaques. For more information about naming opportunities, contact Jacqui Gore, OC Vice President of Advancement, Business & Governmental Relations, at 432-335-6815 or jgore@odessa.edu.