Woods resigns as dean of students, campus pastor to take interim post

Shirley Woods closes a seven-year career at Fresno Pacific University Student Life Division this June. The announcement came at the March 2-3 meetings of the university board of trustees.

Woods has served as dean of students since 1996 after joining the division in 1993 as director of the career resource center. During her tenure the division created programs and services for disabled students, helped develop a plan to develop student leaders and expanded services for commuter students.

"Shirley has served as a model in providing leadership," said Provost Howard Loewen. "She has taken the Student Life Division to the next level, and created a viable unit that the university can be proud of. It has been a distinct pleasure for me to work with her, and we wish her much success. We will miss her dearly."

Among Woods' professional and community activities are terms on the board of directors of Children's Services Network and member of Chief Student Officers Council of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities. She was also involved in the Legal Issues in Higher Education Annual Conference, the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Annual Conference and the Council of Independent Colleges Dean's Institute.

Before coming to FPU, Woods was director of career and student services and director of summer studies at H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh. She earned bachelor's degree from Florida A and M University and a master's from Tennessee State University.

Rod Reed, campus pastor since 1997, will serve as interim dean. Woods plans to return east to be closer to family.


Wayne Steffen
Associate Director of Publications and Media Relations