John Field Scovell

Chairman of Woodbine Development Corporation


John Field Scovell is chairman of Woodbine Development Corporation. He began his real estate career in 1973 when he and Ray L. Hunt founded Woodbine and shortly thereafter launched their first project — the 50-acre Reunion campus in downtown Dallas (Hyatt Regency, Reunion Tower and Union Station), the first public-private partnership in the country.

Prior to founding Woodbine, Mr. Scovell was a CPA with Arthur Andersen & Co., responsible for the audits of Trammell Crow and other Dallas real estate companies. He received a bachelor’s degree in accounting in 1968 from Texas Tech University, graduating #1 in his class. He was elected captain of the football team and president of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He earned an MBA in 1970 from Harvard Business School, where he was student athletic chairman, ROTC cadet battalion commander and distinguished military student.

Mr. Scovell served terms on the Texas Tech University System Board of Regents; Texas Tech Alumni Association National Board of Directors; and Dallas Red Raider Club. He received the Tech Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1992, was inducted into Tech’s Athletic Hall of Honor in 1995, and received the School of Business Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1997.

Mr. Scovell’s civic/industry involvement includes: past chairman, Dallas Citizens Council; Linz Award recipient in 2010; founder/past president for The Real Estate Council; member, Salesmanship Club; former director, JPMorgan Chase board; associate board member, SMU’s School of Business; past governor, Dallas Foundation; past director, North Texas Commission; past board member, American Cancer Society; past chairman, DowntownDallas; past director, Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce; induction into the 2017 Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame by the North Texas Commercial Association of Realtors and Real Estate Professionals (NTCAR)

He was chairman of the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association, a member of the Mayor’s Sports Marketing Advisory Council, Communities Foundation of Texas Advisory Council, and currently serves on the State Fair of Texas board and executive committee. He is past chairman of the Dallas Convention Center Expansion Committee and was chairman of the Host Committee for the 1986 NCAA Final Four Basketball Championship. He received the Distinguished Texan Award from the National Football Foundation Gridiron Club of Dallas chapter in 2015.

Additionally, Mr. Scovell is a past trustee of Children’s Medical Center Foundation and past trustee of Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. He is a past member of the Board of Trustees of the Southwestern Medical Foundation. In 2017, John and his wife, Diane, were honored with the “Spirit of Generations Award” by Senior Source.

A graduate of Hillcrest High School, Mr. Scovell was a founding member of Positive Parents of Dallas, promoting Dallas public schools. He chaired the advisory board for the most recent school bond campaign. He has been active in his neighborhood schools as president of Hillcrest Athletic Association and recipient of PTA lifetime awards at Preston Hollow Elementary School, Franklin Middle School, and Hillcrest High School. He also was recognized as a Hillcrest High School Distinguished Alumni in 2013.

A native Texan, Mr. Scovell and his wife, Diane, have three sons and eleven grandchildren. The family is actively involved in Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church in Dallas where Mr. Scovell served as an elder.