Kenneth R. Woodcock graduated from Lehigh in 1965 with a degree in mechanical engineering. He was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Club, and the baseball and basketball teams. He earned an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh and served on the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business Board of Visitors.
Woodcock began his career with DuPont. He then served with the U.S. Public Health Service, TRW Systems Group in Washington, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Energy Administration, and the Department of Energy. In 1981, he was involved in the founding of the AES Corporation, a global electric company, rising to senior vice president in 1987 and retiring in 2004.
Woodcock’s support for Lehigh includes naming the music recording studio at Zoellner Arts Center and naming the rotunda in Linderman Library.
Other interests include past and current service to the following organizations: Business Council for International Understanding, National Foreign Trade Council, National Cathedral School, Choral Arts Society of Washington, Rhode Island Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, World Wildlife Fund, Washington Concert Opera, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Land Trust Alliance, and National Trust for Historic Preservation. Woodcock and his wife, Dorothy, are actively involved with many environmental, educational, and arts organizations in Washington, D.C. and Matunuck, Rhode Island. They enjoy spending time with their children in Seattle, travel, and outdoor activities.