Two University of Arkansas Seniors Win Henry Woods Leadership Award

Autumn Lewis and Cameron Woods
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Autumn Lewis and Cameron Woods

FAYETTVILLE, Ark. – Two graduating seniors in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences – Cameron Washington Woods and Autumn Lewis — were recently honored with the annual Henry Woods Student Leadership Award.

The leadership award is named for a former student, Henry Woods, who was heavily involved in campus activities during his time at the University of Arkansas.

“One way for students to make this community their own is to be engaged and take advantage of the opportunities available to them, “ said Danny Pugh, vice provost for student affairs. “Both of these outstanding students recognized and embraced this philosophy during their time as undergraduates at the University of Arkansas.”

Woods, an Arkansas native and a senior political science major also majoring in journalism and African-American studies, received the Henry Woods Student Leadership Award for his work and effort on the University of Arkansas campus. Woods currently serves as president of the National Pan-Hellenic Council, which under his leadership was named the Outstanding Undergraduate Council by the National NPHC. 

“I think a great trait of being a leader is to lift someone as you climb,” said Woods. “As I matriculate, I should be helping others achieve their own goals by challenging their thinking and ensuring that we are all making a positive impact in the community.”

Woods is also a Silas Hunt Scholar and active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, he has received acceptances from three different and prestigious law schools to continue his education after his graduation in May.

Lewis, Associated Student Government chief of staff, was also given the Henry Woods Student Leadership Award for her active role in the University of Arkansas. Along with her ASG position, Lewis also interns in the chancellor’s office, and is the chair of the Volunteer Action Committee Literary Program.

“In all things in life, you get out of them what you put in,” Lewis said. “Once you identify that one thing that is most important to you, put in the long hours to make your dream become a reality.”

Lewis is also an active member in the Chi Omega Sorority and an Honors College Fellow. She will graduate in May with a degree in political science and economics.

Henry Woods was involved in a variety of student organizations and edited the Razorback yearbook during his undergraduate career. Following graduation in 1973 from the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, Woods worked in Washington, D.C., on the staffs of Congressman Bill Alexander, and Senators David Pryor, Dale Bumpers and Blanche Lincoln. Woods strived to advocate and improve the quality of life for Arkansans during his 25 years of civic service at our nation’s capital.

Friends and associates of Henry Woods established the award to honor his lasting impact at the University of Arkansas and the state of Arkansas.


scott flanagin, director of communications
Division of student affairs

Steve Voorhies, manager of media relations
University Relations


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