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CoB Welcomes Andy Wood as Marketing Department Chair

andy woodAndy Wood was recently named Academic Unit Head for the CoB Marketing Department. Wood most recently worked as chair of the WVU Department of Marketing, where he launched a PhD program in marketing. He also served as Director of the Professional Sales Institute at WVU.

Wood started his career in the building industry after earning his BS in Statistics from the University of Florida. While working at Colonial Sugar Refining Company, he earned his MBA from the University of North Florida.

In 2000, Wood decided to pursue his PhD in marketing at Georgia State University.

Wood has an extensive background in teaching and research, with a particular interest in personal and professional selling, and in neuromarketing, which focuses on an individual’s cognitive and affective responses to marketing stimuli.

He says, “I was excited to have the opportunity to come to JMU. I’ve wanted to come here since I graduated from Georgia State.  JMU’s reputation far exceeds what people here realize. It’s a top business school, with brilliant and dedicated students.”

When asked about his goals, he says, “My first goal is to spend time with each faculty member, hear their ideas, and build consensus on the direction for the department.”

Dean Mary Gowan says, ““We are pleased to welcome Dr. Andy Wood to the College of Business. His experience and expertise as an academic and practitioner in the area of professional sales provide just the right background for the new leader of the JMU Department of Marketing. We are excited to see the great things that will be coming out of the department under his leadership.”

Wood and his wife, Carrie, have two daughters, Samantha, 18, and Melissa, 17.