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William "Woodg" Horning

Affiliations and Roles

Director, OADI / Director, Student Opportunity Programs

Affirming Pronouns: he/him/his

Professional Staff


Woodg pursued his passion and interest in music as an undergraduate and received his bachelor degree in Music Education from West Chester University in Pennsylvania. He had an interest in teaching and working with people so he spent several years working with high school band programs and teaching and touring in the summer with Drum Corps International (DCI) after marching with the top 12 organization himself for 5 years.

After undergrad, Woodg continued his interest in working with people as he and his wife relocated to Ithaca, NY to work at Cornell. Woodg spent 6 years in Robert Purcell Community Center working with students and planning events. Through his work, he connected with the Office of Minority Educational Affairs (OMEA) that later became OADI and transitioned to working with the New York State Opportunity Programs. Although he has loved his entire career at Cornell, working with EOP/HEOP has been his passion and drive for more than a decade. During his time in OMEA, Woodg completed his M.P.S. in Community and Rural Development from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell. He has worked at Cornell for more than 20 years. When not working with EOP/HEOP and OADI, you can often find him around campus following the local red tail hawks or volunteering with the Cornell Raptor Program.