Text-only version of this website Skip to content

Wood, R. Craig

Educational Administration
University of Florida

200B Norman Hall
PO Box 117049
Gainesville, FL 32611

Research Biography

Craig Wood is one of the leading scholars in the field of financing public education in America. He is currently a Professor of Educational Administration at the University of Florida. His career has spanned public school classroom teacher, school district business manager, and assistant superintendent for finance for school districts across the nation. Prior to his present position he was a professor of educational administration at Purdue University.

He has received numerous awards including the University of Florida Doctoral Dissertation Advisor/Mentoring Award, the University of Florida Research Foundation Professorship Award, the College of Education’s B. O. Smith Research Professorship, and the E. C. Bolmeier Award from the Education Law Association. He is a past President of the Association of Education Finance and Policy as well as its Executive Director. He is a past President of the Education Law Association housed at Cleveland Marshall College of Law, Cleveland, Ohio as well as a past President of the National Education Finance Academy.

He is one of the most prolific authors in America regarding the funding of public education. His publications record includes more than 250 book chapters, monographs, law reviews, and scholarly journal articles including the American Education Finance Association’s Annual Yearbooks and the Education Law Association’s Handbook of School Law series.

His authored and co-authored books include Money & Schools, (six editions), Education Finance Law, (four editions), Fiscal Leadership for Schools, and Principles of School Business Management, (three editions). He serves on the editorial boards of Education Law Reporter, Journal of Education Finance, and Education Law & Policy Review. He has published his education finance research in such journals as the Journal of Education Finance, the Kentucky Law Review, The Saint Louis University Public Law Review, The University of Arkansas Law Review, The Brigham Young University Education and Law Journal, Educational Considerations, School Business Affairs, Planning & Changing, and the Education Law and Policy Review. He has presented at numerous national academic conferences over the years including those in England and South Africa.

He has conducted education finance litigation workshops for the National Conference on State Legislatures and the National Association of Attorneys General. He has served as the lead expert involving state constitutional challenges to financing public education in many states over the years. Additionally, he has served as the lead expert witness involving charter school funding. He has consulted with over two-dozen state legislatures regarding the financing of public education and many school districts

He holds an Ed.D. and M.A. Ed. in Educational Administration from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a B.S. cum laude from Campbell University.