D&E College President Wood accepts contract extension


Davis & Elkins College President Chris Wood has agreed to a multi-year contract extension and is already looking ahead to the future of the institution.

Following the announcement of the successful 10-year $100 million campaign in June, D&E’s Board of Trustees has decided to continue working with the structure and culture set in place by President Wood.

“A key element with small liberal arts colleges is that you maintain a strong management team and strong leadership and you get some continuity there,” said Davis & Elkins College Board of Trustees Chair Bill Nuttall.

“This is very important that we were able to secure Chris and extend his contract so we can maintain the same culture, same philosophy, and the same objectives that we have been over the last two years.”

“Everybody’s got to be rowing in the same direction in order for us to continue to make the progress necessary to move this institution forward,” said President Chris Wood.

Funds from the campaign are being allocated to the continued growth of academics on campus.  A large portion has been secured in an endowment for West Virginia students who have access to scholarship funds.

“The 100 million dollars says that those who have been through this institution understand the difference, the transformation it has made in their lives.  Its made their careers and their meaningful lives possible.  So, they’ve given back; they’ve given back in very generous ways,” continued Wood.

Wood has worked to form new community partnerships, grow academic offerings, and built a foundation for a five-year strategic plan.  

“We’re talking about strategic growth; we’re talking about a trusted reputation and a vibrant community that’s a part of D&E.  That’s what our strategic plan is about and I think my contract extension is the Board’s way of saying, “Let’s see this through; let’s make this a reality.’”

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