Lottery's Bishop Woosley Aware of His Cardinal Direction

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Sep. 9, 2013 12:00 am  

Top: Bishop Woosley, Director of the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery. Bottom: Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, former Lord Chancellor of Great Britain.

Fans of shows like TLC’s “Who Do You Think You Are?” will understand why Whispers succumbed to curiosity to ask Bishop Woosley, director of the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery and the subject of this week’s Executive Q&A, the following question:

Are you related to Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, sometimes called Bishop Wosley, King Henry VIII’s Lord Chancellor (even though you spell your name differently)?

His answer:

“I’ve been asked that question dozens of times in my life. I do not believe we are related, but it is almost worth researching given how many times I have been asked.”

We also asked Woosley how he dealt with the stress of his high-profile job heading up the high-stakes lottery.

He said: “If I had to be completely honest, I would have to admit that I like stress. I am the kind of person who needs to be under pressure and continuously challenged. That is probably not the healthiest approach to life, but it is just the way I am wired. I get away from it some, spend time with my family and do things away from work. At the end of the day, I get more relaxation and satisfaction from overcoming the situation that is causing the stress than from a round of golf or some other activity.”

 

 

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