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Staff spotlight: Dr. 

Dr. David Wood - new Dean of Performance Excellence
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Staff spotlight: Dr. David Wood, Dean of Performance Excellence

 

Dr. David Wood has a full plate this year since being named Dean of Performance Excellence. He is responsible for coordinating all the major college-wide initiatives, including accreditation, Foundations of Excellence, the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, and Student Learning Outcomes.

Before being named dean, Dr. Wood was Director of Institutional Research Effectiveness and Planning. He says the new position of dean was created because SAC had so many major projects going on at one time and no one person on the executive team could tackle them all. Dr. Wood is now a member of  CET – the College Executive Team and offices in the Fletcher Administration Center.

A native of San Antonio, Dr. Wood joined San Antonio College in 2002 as a professor of astronomy.  He graduated from Trinity University in 1993 with his bachelor’s degree in math and physics.  He earned his doctorate from the University of Arizona in 2000.   Prior to joining SAC he taught at New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, N.M.

“I was looking to come back to San Antonio at the same time that the SAC astronomy department was expanding.”

While he is no longer the adviser for the SAC Astronomy Club, Dr. Wood still teaches two astronomy classes online to SAC students.   He is also on the advisory board of the Challenger Learning Center, set to open at SAC in 2014.

“In my first year (at SAC) I wrote the astronomy program review,” Dr. Wood said.

Does he miss the college classroom?  “I miss interacting with students on a day-to-day basis.”  He feels that he always has the option to return to full time teaching.   

“As a professor I had an impact of 400 to 500 students in a year,” he said. But in his new role his reach is upwards of 35,000 students. “I’m probably more visible now.”

On the personal side, Dr. Wood is the oldest of eight children and all of his family lives in the area. He is uncle to 13 (soon to be 14) nieces and nephews.  A number of his siblings attended SAC – and all of the Wood children are college graduates.  His mother once taught in Catholic school; and his father, a former Army helicopter pilot, works in the insurance business.

His hobbies include writing, computer programming, playing soccer, and cheering on his favorite teams: the Spurs,  Astros, Texans and Team USA Soccer.  A self-professed huge sci-fi fan, Dr. Wood’s favorites include  “Battlestar Galactica” and he never misses an episode of “The Big Bang Theory.”     

We wrapped up the interview with a few questions to Dr. Wood like those posed by Vanity Fair magazine (which are, in turn, taken from the Proust questionnaire):

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
My family. 

 

What is your greatest fear?
Heights 

 

Which historical figure do you most admire?
Abraham Lincoln. 

 

Which living person do you most admire?
My Dad. 

 

What trait do you most deplore in others?
Selfishness 

 

Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
Commander Adama (“Battlestar Galactica”) 

 

If you had a superpower what would it be?
To stop time. 

 
  

 

--SAC--

 

 

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