About Office of the President
Dr. Wood became Sacramento State’s ninth president on July 16, 2023, returning to his alma mater, at age 41, as the youngest person ever to lead the University.
He earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree at Sac State, then a Masters of Education and doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Arizona State.
Dr. Wood served as a professor and administrator, including vice president for Student Affairs and Campus Diversity, at San Diego State before becoming Sac State president. He has authored 16 books and published significant research focusing on racial inequality issues in education.
“I know what Sac State is capable of doing,” Dr. Wood said. “I am a Black male, former foster child, first-generation college student who struggled with food insecurity and housing insecurity, and was able to graduate because of the incredible people and systems of support that were in place.”