WDTV - Chris A. Wood took the oath of office to become the 15th president of Davis & Elkins College, Thursday.
“Since August 1, I have come to know the people of D&E, the history of this institution, the uniqueness of this College, and began to glimpse the opportunities for the future,” Wood told the crowd. “You welcomed Lisa, Lacey, Lexi and me, and invited us to become a part of this community. Now, our journeys are joined together, and I am grateful for your welcome and embrace.”
In his address, Wood shared eight points of observations, hopes and a partial response to how D&E will strategically move forward to become a stronger and even more vital institution.
Wood explained that the nursing faculty has been asked to begin planning for the addition of a four-year Bachelor of Science in nursing to be added to the present associate degree and the online RN to BSN program.
Existing programs in Hospitality Management and Adventure Recreation are being retooled, he said, and moved under the Division of Business and Entrepreneurship to become majors in Hospitality and Tourism Management and Outdoor Recreation Management.
Additionally, the Division of Fine and Performing Arts has been renamed the Division of Creative Arts.
Plans for initial master’s degree programs will begin in areas such as health care, business, education and psychology.
The ceremony and reception were also the site for the Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce March After Hours event.
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, N.C., executive director of Mission West Virginia Inc., and, as an ordained United Methodist pastor, served congregations in Illinois and Maryland.