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Thank you, Dr. Wood!December 6, 2017

Dr. Wood's last lecture after 40 years of being with McMaster University.


Today is Dr. Phil Wood’s very last lecture at McMaster University after 40 years, and we wanted to share our thanks for all of the work he has done for Student Affairs and in our community.

Phil has a passion for sports, music, and students. From his love for blues and the Beatles to spinning classes at the Pulse, hosting “Soul in the Hole” on the CFMU, and introducing us to his famous “beer cooling” experiment, Phil has always been more than a great professor and leader: he has been a wonderful colleague, truly invested in bringing joy to students and making our community brighter.

Phil came to McMaster with an Engineering degree from the University of Waterloo and a PhD from the California Institute of Technology, Pasedena, California. He started his teaching career at Michigan State University, but joined us as an Engineering Professor at Mac in 1983. He was recognized for his exceptional work in 1993, when he was awarded with the 3M Teaching Fellowship Award.

Taking his expertise in the classroom to another level, Phil eventually became the Dean of Students. During this time, he was responsible for many Student Affairs legacies, including: the Student Wellness Centre, Mental Health Initiative, Student Success Centre (thank you Phil!), and the Les Prince Residence.

In 2013, Phil returned to where it all began: the classroom. In June 2018, he will officially retire after 40 years of teaching. Today, we celebrate his years of service.

“Phil will always be a great mentor and friend. He taught me about leadership and what it means to be a true Student Affairs professional. He was a great advocate, friend, teacher, disciplinary and of course entertainer to all his students. His legacies will live forever.” – Gina Robinson, Director of the Student Success Centre and Assistant Dean (Students and Learning)

Thank you Phil Wood!