Another former student, Jeff Maiden, senior researcher and director of The Institute for Study of Education Finance, shared how Wood initiated the National Education Finance Conference (NEFC) that continues to provide a venue for the presentation of leading research in education finance.
“Since its inception, the NEFC has been littered with former and current doctoral students of Dr. Wood,” he said.”Additionally, Dr. Wood has published articles in academic journals with former and current doctoral students, and has been especially critical in assisting junior faculty members with the development of their individual research agendas.”
Colleagues support Wood’s approach toward mentorship and share his passion for preparing “exemplary practitioners and scholars,” as stated in the college’s mission statement.
“I am proud to have had the opportunity to work with him and hundreds of doctoral students in educational administration and policy,” said Linda Eldridge, director of educational leadership programs.
In addition to his exemplary teaching record, Wood’s expertise has been highly regarded and in high demand for many years, serving as an expert witness in cases involving charter school funding, sexual harassment, age discrimination, Title IX, higher education student dismissals, and other topics involving K-12 and higher education. With more than 250 published book chapters and 50 technical reports, and multiple textbooks still in print and demand, Wood’s reputation as a scholar is well earned.
Wood “has made a significant impact on leaders throughout the nation and continues his work as a consultant on a national level,” Eldridge added.
Wood’s career includes being the founding co-director of both the University Council for Educational Administration and the UF Center for Education Finance. He is both past president and former executive director of the Association of Education Finance & Policy, past president for three major organizations — the Education Law Association, the National Education Finance Academy and the American Education Finance and Policy Association — and has served as the chair of the National Education Finance Conference. Major awards Wood has received include the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Education Finance Academy, the E. C. Bolmeier Award from the Education Law Association and the Award for Sustained and Meritorious Service from the University Council for Education Administration. Within the University of Florida, he was presented with the B.O. Smith Research Professorship in 2002 and received the Doctoral Dissertation Advisor/Mentoring Award in 2016.