It is with great sadness that IIUSA reports the news of the untimelypassing of Zachary Woods, a young man who touched the lives of so many people all around the world. Mr. Woods spent five years living and working in China both as a manager at a Chinese waste water treatment plant and, most recently, as New York City Regional Center’s Assistant General Manager of Asia.
Mr. Woods was back in the U.S. to continue his studies when he was tragically stuck and killed by a car on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania on May 6th. Woods had arrived on campus on May 1 to begin the Lauder Institute’s China Track before starting his MBA at Wharton this August. He was one of 66 students in Class of 2016 to pursue the Lauder MA / MBA joint degree program.
Mr. Woods graduated from Middlebury College in 2009, where he studied Chinese at the College’s prestigious language program. In addition to pursuing a rigorous and challenging course of study, Zach was a standout Div. III swimmer at Middlebury, breaking three varsity records and placing 11th in the 200-meter backstroke at NCAAs in 2009.
Both Philly.com and the Wharton Journal published touching obituaries, which can be read here and here.
IIUSA sends its condolences to Zach’s family, former co-workers at New York City Regional Center, and friends within the EB-5 community.