Dr. Bob Wood was named Dean of the Mitchell College of Business in July 2014. As dean, Wood works with Mitchell faculty, the University, and external constituents to enhance the Mitchell student experience. He also works with the community to strengthen existing partnerships and develop new relationships to better prepare students for the 21st century global economy. At the Mitchell College his three-fold focus is engagement, impact, and innovation.
During his tenure at South, the Executive Advisory Council membership was significantly expanded and regionalized. Also, center and discipline-specific advisory councils were created. The Professional Readiness Engagement Program (PREP) was developed and implemented; the program requires all Mitchell College students to complete three business professionalism courses and an internship.
The Mitchell College MBA was redesigned to better meet the needs of working professionals; the new program design began Fall 2016. A redesigned MAcc program debuted Fall 2017. The fifth cohort of DBA students included marketing students for the first time.
A number of engagement initiatives are underway. The first class of Mitchell College Alumni Fellows was recognized in 2017. The Executive Leadership Series, Executive in Residence program, Professor for a Day effort, and the recognition of National Business Women’s Week are also underway.
Wood also brings a new emphasis on the global economy. In addition to structuring shore-term study abroad opportunities, semester abroad programs are now available in Europe, Asia, South America, and Australia.
Wood comes to South Alabama from Salisbury University, where he served for four years as dean of the Franklin P. Perdue School of Business. In 2014, he was named the Beta Alpha Psi Outstanding Dean Award winner.
As Dean of the Perdue School, Wood led the redesign of the longstanding student entrepreneurship competition. The single-round business plan competition was expanded to a three-round competition judged by regional business professionals. Total prize money increased from $5,000 to over $100,000.
In May 2014, the Perdue School and Salisbury University hosted one of six “Open Calls” for ABC’s Shark Tank. That same year, proceeds from a $1,000,000 grant were used to create the Shore Hatchery; an entity that funds entrepreneurial ideas from across the mid-Atlantic. Wood was also instrumental in securing a $5,500,000 gift to establish Salisbury University’s Center for Entrepreneurship.
Before joining Salisbury University, Wood was Associate Dean and the Heidtke Professor of Finance at Tennessee Tech University. While Associate Dean, he was responsible for the design, development, implementation, and integration of the campus and online MBA programs. Student enrollment increased 150% during his tenure. In addition, Wood developed and led the International Experience course, a short-term immersion course for undergraduate and graduate students. He also coached the TTU undergraduate and graduate case competition teams.
A native of Jonesboro, Arkansas, Wood earned his BS and MBA from Arkansas State University and his Ph.D. in finance from Louisiana State University. Before entering academia, he worked in the private sector in the pharmaceutical and financial industries. He and his wife Terri have three grown children.