Dr. Fred E. Wood was appointed interim executive vice chancellor of Academic and Student Affairs for the California State University effective March 1, 2021.
In this capacity, Wood develops and oversees educational policy for the 23-campus system; guides and supports campus administrators on curricula, program design and student affairs; and serves as the chancellor's designee to the CSU's Academic Senate. He directs a team of more than 150 employees across 12 departments to drive student success, quality academic programming and faculty excellence in the CSU.
As interim executive vice chancellor, Wood also leads the CSU's Graduation Initiative 2025, the university's flagship student-success effort to eliminate equity gaps and increase graduation rates for all CSU students, producing the graduates needed to meet California's current and future workforce needs – and to drive the state's sustained economic vitality.
Trained as a chemist with a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from the University of California, Davis, Wood most recently served as chancellor of the Contra Costa Community College District, retiring in 2019. Prior to that, Chancellor Emeritus Wood served as chancellor of the University of Minnesota, Crookston.
From 1986 to 2012, in addition to his faculty appointment in chemistry, Dr. Wood held several leadership positions at UC Davis. He was a coordinator and a department chair, he was named associate dean of the College of Letters and Science, and appointed interim vice provost of Undergraduate Studies. For the last five years of his tenure at UC Davis, he served as vice chancellor for Student Affairs.
Wood has earned a reputation as a student-focused leader who understands firsthand the needs and strengths of a large and complex public higher education system. He is also a proud first-generation college graduate who is committed to student success and equity in all its dimensions.