HPU Names Woods as Chair of the Department of Biology

HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 22, 2019 – High Point University has named Dr. Brett Woods as chair of the Department of Biology.

In his new role, Woods will head the department and teach courses in physiology and help pre-health professional students find their educational paths.

Woods has been a member of HPU’s faculty since 2016 as associate professor of biology teaching animal physiology and biology. Woods is also director of HPU’s pre-health advising program. He helps students navigate their journey to the best professional health programs.

“I’m excited to lead a department with so many strong and caring faculty,” says Woods. “Our number of pre-health majors is rising.”

Woods has a bachelor’s degree from the University of California-Berkeley and a Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of Kansas. Before coming to HPU, Woods taught at the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater, Beloit College and Northwestern University. In 2014, he received the University of Wisconsin System Regents Diversity Award.

“Dr. Woods is a proven leader, an extraordinary scientist and a valuable colleague,” says Dr. Dennis Carroll, HPU provost. “He will be an asset to the academic leadership team at the university.”

Woods received an HPU Think Big Grant to build college summer workshops that prepare underrepresented and minority students for successful completion of degrees in STEM. Woods is also building a mentorship network and data evaluation plan as part of the program.

“HPU biology students are impressive,” says Woods. “I plan to continue encouraging them and providing them the resources necessary to be successful in their respective goals. Whether they want to be a doctor or wildlife biologist, the biology department will continue its excellent track record of helping students accomplish their goals.”

Dr. Angela Bauer served as chair before recently being appointed dean of the Wanek School of Undergraduate Sciences.

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