Dr. Donna L. Woolard

Chair & Professor of Exercise Science
Exercise Science
College of Arts & Sciences
Office Location:
John W. Pope Jr. Convocation Center
Room 156B
Mailing Address:
PO Box 414
Buies Creek, NC 27506


Dr. Donna Woolard, Professor and Chair of the Department of Exercise Science, has extensive experience as a teacher and coach at the high school and collegiate levels. A native of Washington, NC, Dr. Woolard joined the faculty of Campbell University in 1994. Under her direction, the Physical Education Teacher Education program at Campbell was cited as “exemplary” by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Recognized as an expert in the professional preparation of physical education teachers, Woolard was personally cited as an “exemplary” teacher educator by NCATE and NCDPI. Dr. Woolard is an active member of SHAPE America and the North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Dance and Sport Management (NCAAHPERD-SM). She has been a member of NCAAHPERD-SM’s Executive Board for more than a dozen years, serving as President in 2007 and Executive Director from 2011 to 2013. Dr. Woolard has been the recipient of numerous Alliance awards, including two Presidential Citations, the Service Award, University Teacher of the Year, and its Honor Award. Since becoming chair of the department in the fall of 2008, Dr. Woolard has overseen the growth of the department from 184 majors to a current enrollment of over 330 majors. She has also been instrumental in the addition of a Sport Coaching Major, a Sport Management Communications Concentration, and pre-professional preparation tracks in Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, and Medicine.