Matthew Wood Named Academic VP at NEC
Prominent NH Educator Matthew Wood Appointed Vice President of Academic Affairs at New England College.
After an extensive national search, New England College is pleased to announce that Matthew Wood has been appointed Vice President of Academic Affairs. Wood will join the College on June 1.
Wood has served as President of White Mountains Community College, in Berlin, NH, since 2014. He has successfully introduced and implemented important strategic changes at WMCC, expanding student access, growing partnerships, re-energizing the college, and increasing enrollment. Previously, Wood served as Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs at New Hampshire Technical Institute (NHTI) in Concord, NH. At NHTI, his responsibilities included all non-traditional learning platforms and programs.
“I am thrilled that Matt has accepted the opportunity to join us at New England College and look forward to working with him,” said New England College President Michele Perkins. “Matt possesses a strong record of achievement and success at all levels of education, and is highly respected in New Hampshire and the region. During his visits to campus Matt connected strongly with the NEC community and enthusiastically embraced NEC’s core educational commitments to experiential learning, civic engagement, and the environment.”
In addition, Wood will soon be an alumnus of the College. He is a student in NEC’s Doctorate of Education program, and will be graduating in May.
“After spending three years as a doctoral student, I came to realize how special a place New England College is,” said Wood. “The quality of instruction from both full and part-time professors is impressive, and I am looking forward to contributing as much as I can to further the mission of the college. I am very excited and honored to become a Pilgrim.”
Wood was born and raised in Meredith, NH, and attended local public schools. He earned a bachelor’s degree in physics at UNH and a master’s degree in environmental science at the University of Colorado. Wood worked as a research scientist for the Center for Environmental Sciences in Denver and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Boulder. He then decided to return to New Hampshire and worked at the NH Department of Environmental Services, specializing in air pollution control.
Wood first taught at the New Hampton School, a private boarding school. He taught physics, coached basketball and golf, and discovered his true passion: education. Wood furthered his career, becoming a professor of physics and mathematics at NHTI.