Dean of the Year


Beta Gamma Sigma recognizes the best in business through our programs, awards, and events. It is crucial for us to recognize those individuals who play a leading role in Beta Gamma Sigma members becoming the best in business: our Deans.

The Dean of the Year Award is a recognition awarded by Beta Gamma Sigma to an outstanding Dean who made significant contributions to the success of his or her chapter while supporting the Beta Gamma Sigma mission throughout the course of the academic year.

Beta Gamma Sigma invites our Highest Honors Chapters to nominate their Deans to be honored as a recipient of the Dean of the Year Award.



Dr. Bob G. Wood

Dean, Mitchell College of Business

University of South Alabama – Mobile, Alabama


Dr. Bob G. Wood was named dean of the Mitchell College of Business at the University of South Alabama (“South”) in July 2014. As dean, Wood works with Mitchell faculty, the university, and external constituents to enhance the Mitchell student experience. He also works with the community to strengthen existing partnerships and develop new relationships to better prepare students for the 21st century global economy.

During Wood’s tenure at South, the Executive Advisory Council membership was significantly expanded and regionalized. Also, center and discipline-specific advisory councils were created. The Professional Readiness Engagement Program, a professional development and internship program was developed and implemented. Most recently, the College’s Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program was changed to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Business Administration with concentrations in management and marketing.

Before Wood joined the Mitchell College, he served four years as dean of the Franklin P. Perdue School of Business at Salisbury University. As dean, he led the redesign of the longstanding student entrepreneurship competition from a single-round business plan competition to a three-round competition judged by regional business professionals. Total prize money increased from $5,000 to more than $100,000. In 2014, Wood was named the Beta Alpha Psi Outstanding Dean.

Before joining Salisbury University, Wood was Associate Dean and the Heidtke Professor of Finance at Tennessee Tech University. While Associate Dean, he was responsible for the design, development, and implementation of the online MBA program.