Co-Op manager adds public service to resume

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

After two decades of work for Tennessee Farmers CO-OP, Marshall County resident Andy Woodard added public service to his resume.

Andy Woodard, representing Marshall County Board of Education’s 4th District, was elected to his position in August 2016, and was officially sworn in as a member the following month. He is currently serving a four-year term.

Once on the inside looking out from a School Board member’s perspective, Woodard found the county’s educational system more complex than he anticipated. He was surprised about the inner workings of the school system, and “how many moving parts there are in making a school system run efficiently,” he said. “It takes everyone doing their jobs to keep everything running smoothly.”

With an already busy life, one might wonder why Woodard decided to run for the school board. “My sister, who died from cancer, prodded me to run for school board,” he said. With a servant’s heart, Woodard continued the thought saying that he “wanted to make a difference.”

Approaching his new position, Woodard set two basic goals for himself. He sought “to provide support to our Superintendent by providing guidance, program support, and direction of the Marshall County School System,” Woodard said, and “to provide sound decisions that result in student excellence.”

Woodard is a 1993 graduate of Cornersville High School and a 1997 graduate of Austin Peay State University in Clarksville. He worked for Marshall Farmers CO-OP for 17 years, and was promoted to regional manager for Tennessee Farmers CO-OP covering 14 counties in West Tennessee in early 2015. When he’s not busy with his “day job,” Woodard helps his father and brother run their 325-acre family farm located between Cornersville and Petersburg. Like many other farmers in Marshall County, they converted their once-thriving dairy operation into beef cattle and hay production in 2005.

Working hard, both on the school board and in his career, is second nature for Woodard. For the past several years he spends his fall Friday nights as an assistant coach for the Cornersville High School football team. His family enjoys outdoors pastimes, too. His wife, Misty, and their two sons, Eli, 16, and Rhett, 13, spend time together fishing and hunting.