Denison University’s 178th Commencement took place on Saturday, May 18. Watch the ceremony in its entirety including commencement keynote speaker Jennifer Garner ’94.
A Netflix connoisseur and dog-lover with a passion for student affairs, Assistant Director of Residential Communities Christopher Wood brings a fresh perspective to campus.
In his position, Wood oversees all of East Quad’s residence halls, including supervision of the two community coordinators for the area.
“My job is to help students feel connected to their community. Whether through leadership development or conflict resolution, I try to do everything in my power to let students know that they can count on me to be their advocate,” says Wood, who models ways that students and staff can work together to solve problems in their communities.
“Chris is a problem-solver who asks thoughtful questions,” says Lena Crain, associate dean of students and director of Residential Communities. “His background especially enhances the way we build community with second- and third-year students, including connections to career exploration. He has solid, original ideas, informed by experience on liberal arts campuses. He also has had some fascinating experiences, including interning in China.”
“The reason I love this work is because I get to help prepare students for life after college by giving them the opportunity to be a part of a community,” says Wood. “They see how the choices they make impact more than just themselves.”
Along with his passion for student affairs, Wood also loves to travel. Wherever he goes, his canine compadre isn’t too far behind.
“I have a three-year-old pug named Stella. She lives the life I dream of — she sleeps all day, someone else prepares all of her food for her, and she doesn’t have to pay rent,” he says. “She’s very spoiled and is fully aware of how cute she is.”
Ohio-born and raised, Wood grew up in the small town of Mendon and graduated from Otterbein University with his Bachelor’s in speech communication and obtained his Master’s in higher education and student affairs from The Ohio State University. He has worked at the University of New England and American University in student affairs.
HOUSING OPERATIONS & PLANNING:
Doane Administration - 102
For keys & IDs, housing selections, room changes
Curtis West Hall - Community Center
For programming in leadership development, civic engagement and creative problem-solving