Woodrow W. Crouch, PE
Woodrow (Woody) Crouch and his wife Mary have lived in Scarsdale for 40 years. He is deeply invested in the Scarsdale Community. He has a BS from the US Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) and a MSME from Columbia University and is a licensed New York State Professional Engineer. Woody Crouch was honored with the Outstanding Professional Achievement Award from the USMMA for exemplifying the best tradition of the Corps “ACTA NON VERBA” (Deeds Not Words). Mr. Crouch exemplifies this motto in all parts of his life.
Woody spent the majority of his career at the New York Power Authority (NYPA). At NYPA, he was Vice President of Project Management and led billion dollar engineering and construction projects for gas, oil and hydroelectric power plants, high voltage transmission lines and high voltage underground and underwater cables. He also led a billion dollar modernization of 29 units of the Niagara and St Lawrence hydroelectric facilities.
Early in his career, Woody was the project manager for a new coal fired plant fraught with contention on Staten Island. He spent 7 years obtaining extensive licenses and permits and meeting with the community to discuss the project and respond to questions. The Congressman from Staten Island strongly opposed the power plant and its impact on the community.
Years later, Woody Crouch undertook a impossible project for NYPA: the of installation of ten power plants in the throughout New York City to prevent summer blackouts. This effort was accomplished in nine month from August 2000 to June 2001! Because of the trust Woody built early in his career with local politicians and community leaders, he was able to accomplish the impossible . On Staten Island, that congressman from years prior said, “If Woody Crouch is going to do this job, I will support it. I trust Woody.” This is an example of Woody’s ability to work with the community on contentious projects through honesty, respect for the community and thoughtfulness. He will bring these qualities to the Board.
Woody has worked with unions on all his projects to ensure that everyone was treated fairly, with respect and that the safety of the personnel was a number one priority. The workers know Woody from his being on the job sites and taking an interest in their work and they respect him. A respect that is not given easily, but is earned.
Since retiring he has served as a Vice President at Skanska and Noble Environmental Power. He is currently founder and Chief Executive Officer of DC transmission Partners LLC.
As a leader in the utility industry, Woody was President of the United States Society on Dams and Chairman of the Construction Committee. While on this Board, he expanded the purview to include small dams, not just large dams, which were aging and in need of technical support. Woody understands and cares about aging infrastructure.
Mr. Crouch had a grandson who was born with Sturge-Weber syndrome, a rare disease, and lived five months. Woody Crouch currently serves on the Sturge-Weber Foundation (SWF) Board of Directors. He was on SWF Board for eleven years, with six years as Chairman and was asked to return and is now serving again as a Board member. SWF is dedicated to supporting the families dealing with horrendous rare disease and research to find a cure. Woody’s lobbying effort in Congress resulted in the National Institute of Health including SWS in its research. Here is clip of Woody and his work at SWF: https://vimeo.com/147372091
Scarsdale Service and Board Experience
Woody Crouch has served for decades in various Scarsdale organizations. Currently he serves as a Committee Member of the Boy Scouts of America Scarsdale Troop 2 and is a Merit Badge Counselor for Engineering, Energy, and Citizenship in the Community, Communication, Family Life and Personal Management. He served on the Drake Edgewood Association as a member of the Board of Governors and as President, on the Scarsdale Neighborhood Association of Presidents as Chairman. He also has chaired the Edgewood Athletic Association and coached girls and boys’ basketball, soccer and softball teams. He served as a member on the IHM Religious Education school Board of Directors and as Treasurer. He and his wife also co-managed the Edgewood Fair and Woody volunteered as an Auxiliary Police Officer.
Woody believes that our teachers are the heart and strength of our school system. While he is an engineer with vast construction experience, he is surrounded by a family of teachers and students. His wife and her two sisters taught in New York City schools. He saw first-hand the dedication and teaching skills that they honed through continuous education and their daily preparation for the next day’s class. Woody's two brothers also had careers in education. One was a high school math teacher and later became Principal, and his other brother was a professor. As for himself, he taught as an Adjunct at Manhattan College at night for three years and learned first-hand the preparation that is required for each class. He says hurrah to our teachers who have the privilege to educate these young people. They need and deserve our support.
Scarsdale School Ties
Woody and Mary Crouch’s two children went through the Scarsdale School system from kindergarten through high school. Until two years ago, when they moved out of state, three of their grandchildren attended Greenacres from kindergarten to fourth grade, with a grandson in the inclusion class. Currently Woody has five grandchildren in the Scarsdale Schools, two in Edgewood, two in the Middle School and one in the High School. He is at their games, their concerts and everything that he can attend in the schools.
Why Woody wants to be on the BOE
Woody Crouch hopes to bring his unique experience in building power plants and laying cables and wires through communities to bear on the capital programs that we are commencing for the Scarsdale Schools. Much of Scarsdale’s infrastructure is turning 100, and he can help the community through this critical period in Scarsdale’s history. His work with unions and his appreciation for education and educators drove his decision to seek nomination to the Board of Education from the School Board Nominating Committee.