Elkins – Davis & Elkins College President Chris A. Wood has agreed to a multi-year contract extension, Board of Trustees Chair Bill Nuttall announced this week. Nuttall explained that the decision is a key element in maintaining the stability that is vital in small liberal arts colleges.
The announcement trails the College’s successful completion of a 10-year $100 million campaign, which Wood led to top the mark at $101,422,304.
“Over the past 24 months, Chris guided the College to the completion of an unprecedented $100 million ‘Secure the Future’ campaign,” Nuttall said. “Under his leadership, and with a very capable management team, he has created a vibrant culture.”
Since Wood’s arrival as the 15th president in August 2016, D&E has experienced an increase in giving, formed new community partnerships, built a foundation for a five-year strategic plan, grown academic offerings, initiated numerous projects to improve campus infrastructure and established two local sororities. Last spring, Wood hosted meetings with students to gain their input on improving campus experiences and facilities.
“These are exciting days for Davis & Elkins College,” Wood said. “Lisa and I are so pleased to have become a part of the D&E family and the community of Elkins. This multi-year contract extension will enable us to continue moving forward to implement our new strategic plan. I am grateful to the Board of Trustees for their continuing confidence in me and support of my leadership.”
This fall, D&E will unveil on a new initiative, Leading the Way, which underscores the College’s character of distinction and excellence.
A native of Huntington, Wood has focused his career on higher education and ministry. Prior to coming to D&E, Wood was vice president for advancement at Wesley College in Dover, Del. He also has worked as vice president for advancement at the University of Mount Olive in Mount Olive, North Carolina, executive director of Mission West Virginia Inc., and, as an ordained United Methodist pastor, served congregations in Illinois and Maryland. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and graduated magna cum laude from West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon. He also has completed additional graduate study at the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy.
Wood, his wife, Lisa Messinger Wood, and their two daughters, Lacey and Lexi, along with their miniature schnauzers, Hallie and Henry, reside at Hearthstone, the Davis & Elkins College president’s home.
Davis & Elkins College President Chris A. Wood has elevated the small liberal arts college in his tenure since 2016. Among many of the accomplishments are:
Forming a community partnership with Davis Medical Center for the creation of The Center for Advanced Clinical Learning
Forming a community partnership with Elkins Mainstreet and establishment of Everything D&E storefront in downtown Elkins
Initiating of the College’s five-year strategic plan that encompasses the entire campus and focuses on strategic growth, engaged learning, trusted reputation and initiatives that support a vibrant community
Introduction of the Community and Corporate Health major and the Faith and Public Policy minor
Preparing to launch an on campus Bachelor of Science program in nursing in fall 2019.
Related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Davis & Elkins College is located in Elkins, 2 hours east of Charleston, 3 hours south of Pittsburgh and 4 hours west of Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit the College website at www.dewv.edu or call 304-637-1243.