Robert Wood first arrived on the Wright State University campus in the summer of 1968 and was immediately struck by how big it seemed compared to his native Urbana High School with its small enrollment of slightly more than 800 students. After all, WSU had over 5,000 students and a dedicated core of 140 faculty members. Fawcett Hall had just been completed to complement the quadrangle. The food was from vending machines and parking was free.
What Robert remembers most about his undergraduate years were the small but challenging classes, the WSU Horseback Riding Club and working for the Art Department. Graduating with a B.A. in Political Science in 1972, Robert began a 35-year career with WSU and earned his M.A. in History in 1977. Many professors greatly influenced and contributed to his educational training and personal development, but most notably Harvey Wachtell, Jacob Dorn, Edward Cox, Andrew Spiegel, James Walker and Harold Hollingsworth stand out. During his long employment under all seven presidents, Robert served as coordinator of the Center for Law School Advising and Consortium Activities; University Division advisor; director of Pre-Professional Advising; college advisor in the College of Liberal Arts; and assistant dean in the College of Liberal Arts.
Robert and his wife Teresa, a WSU alumnus, reside in Beavercreek. Two of their three children have since graduated from Wright State. Currently he is busy gardening with their two granddaughters.