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Web Registration Begins Soon for Fall 2014

With registration for Maymester and summer classes in full swing, it is just about time to start thinking about next year and fall 2014 registration. Read More >

2014 Fall Registration

Web Registration Begins Soon for Fall 2014

With registration for Maymester and summer classes in full swing, it is just about time to start thinking about next year and fall 2014 registration. Read More >

Child Care

Child Care for SAC students available

The Early Childhood Center at San Antonio College is gearing up for the fall semester and will start accepting applications for child care. Read More >

Speech Team Nationals

SAC Speech Team Win National Awards

SAC’s Speech Team members recently competed at the Phi Rho National Tournament in Denver and brought home some awards. Read More >

Deans Backyard

Dean's Backyard Holds Grand Opening

The Kinesiology Department recently held a grand opening for their Dean’s Backyard just south of the Candler Physical Education Center. Read More >

Pres Search

Presidential Search

The search for the next San Antonio College President is underway! Learn more. Read More >

nsls

NSLS Inducts New Members

The recently formed San Antonio College chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) inducted 165 new members last week. Read More >

Dinosaur

Spring 2014 Finals Approaching

With graduation and end of the semester quickly approaching, the the Spring 2014 Final Exam Schedule is online. Read More >

Enactus Team Competes

Enactus Competes at Nationals

San Antonio College’s Enactus team left last week to compete at the Enactus 2014 National Competition in Cincinnati, OH. Read More >

College For Kids

College For Kids Coming Soon...

SAC offers ‘College’ for elementary and middle school-aged kids during the summer. Read More >

Jennifer Becerra NASA

From Science Teacher to Flight Director

Jennifer Becerra has always loved science, but it wasn’t until college that she developed a deep love for space. After receiving a seemingly random suggestion, Becerra chose to enroll in astronomy. Read More >

2014-SURP-Program

Summer Research Opportunities

The SAC MESA Center has two undergraduate research programs students can participate in this summer. Read More >

Accepting EDGE Applications

SAC accepting applications for 2014 Summer EDGE Program

San Antonio College is currently accepting applications for the 2014 Summer EDGE Program. Applications will be accepted through April 28, 2014. Read More >

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. 

 
  

 

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