Former Salisbury University Dean Receives Outstanding Dean Award from Beta Alpha Psi

Samantha Simunyu

Published August 12, 2014

Durham, N.C. – The Outstanding Dean Award was presented to Dr. Bob G. Wood at the Beta Alpha Psi Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA on August 7, 2014. The award recognizes deans for their significant contribution in faculty support and/or financial support to helping achieve the goals and objectives of their University’s Beta Alpha Psi chapter.

Wood served as dean of Salisbury University’s Perdue School of Business from July 2010 to July 2014. In his role, he was influential in the growth and success of the SU Iota Pi chapter of Beta Alpha Psi.  

Through his mentorship of the chapter, Wood was committed to expanding professional opportunities for Iota Pi chapter members by connecting them to the business community. He assisted the chapter in hosting its first Meet the Firms event and was involved in its yearly planning. 

Wood introduced an initiative titled, Business in the Atrium, a program that invites employers to come and network with students in the business school. At this event, he ensured a representation of financial information professionals and often encouraged them to visit Iota Pi chapter meetings. 

He worked closely with the chapter president to increase awareness of business school events and opportunities that were beneficial to members. He also provided financial support for members to attend regional and annual meetings. 

“Dean Wood makes his number one job priority evident to all who meet him: the success of his students,” said Lori Defnet, former chapter president. “He consistently sets himself apart by getting active in the lives of the students in the business school, and especially those students in Iota Pi.”

Dr. Bob G. Wood was recently named dean of the Mitchell College of Business at the University of South Alabama. He began his new role on July 21.

The Outstanding Dean Award was created in 2011.


About Beta Alpha Psi

Founded in 1919, Beta Alpha Psi is an honorary organization for financial information students and professionals. The primary objective of Beta Alpha Psi is to encourage and give recognition to scholastic and professional excellence in the business information field. This includes promoting the study and practice of accounting, finance and information systems; providing opportunities for self-development, service and association among members and practicing professionals, and encouraging a sense of ethical, social and public responsibility.

Headquartered in Durham, NC, Beta Alpha Psi has 300 chapters on college and university campuses with over 300,000 members initiated since Beta Alpha Psi's formation.