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May-June-July 2016

NSU Welcomes New Campus Dean, Vice President for Student Affairs

Dr. Roy Wood Jr. officially joined Northeastern State University as Broken Arrow’s campus dean on July 1, 2016.

Wood’s background in higher education includes teaching and curriculum development with multiple institutions, including the University of Phoenix and Defense Acquisition University, where he has been the acting vice president and chief academic officer since January 2015.

In this position, Wood was responsible for aligning DAU strategic plans to the goals of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics and the Secretary of Defense, while continuing to build the reputation of DAU as the Department of Defense’s primary learning institution for acquisition.

Prior to this assignment, Wood was dean of the Defense Systems Management College, School of Program Managers at DAU from April 2008-January 2015. There, he was responsible for leading the training of military and civilian program managers and acquisition executives.

Wood holds a Bachelor of Science in computer science from Texas A&M University; a Master of Science in electrical engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School; a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix; and a second Master of Science in national resource strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. His Ph.D. is in organization and management from Capella University in Minnesota.

Wood also served for 24 years in the U.S. Navy, where his operational assignments included tours in submarines and surface ships.

Dr. Jerrid P. Freeman was named NSU’s vice president for student affairs.

Freeman has served in a variety of roles at NSU since 2012, most recently as the interim vice president and assistant vice president for the same position.

His experience as a higher education professional ranges from regional director and research coordinator for the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators IV-West, serving on the editorial board for the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, to working in seven other universities across the country as a community director, strategic planning consultant, facilities manager, resident hall director and an adjunct assistant professor.

This range allowed for immense learning opportunities and a different perspective on how to handle the various situations, which may surface in his field.

Freeman said he is excited to continue his career at NSU, and is committed to the success of the university and its students.

“Student Affairs makes a major difference for so many of our students, and I feel a strong connection to the mission and values of NSU. I am ready for the opportunity to serve in my capacity as vice president.”

Freeman holds a Doctor of Education in higher education, a Master of Arts in college student personnel, and a Bachelor of Science in secondary mathematics and physics education.

NSU president Steve Turner commended Freeman’s proven work ethic, leadership in developing a comprehensive recruitment and retention plan, and ability to work across divisions.

“I feel confident that he will provide the continuity and vision necessary to advance Student Affairs and to strengthen enrollment,” Turner said.

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