- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 1, 2016

ELKINS, W.Va. (AP) - Chris Wood has been named the 15th president of Davis & Elkins College.

The college’s Board of Trustees announced Wood’s selection Wednesday from among more than 60 candidates following a yearlong search.

The Huntington native’s appointment is effective Aug. 1.

The 51-year-old Wood currently is vice president for advancement at Wesley College in Dover, Delaware.

Wood succeeds Buck Smith, who served six of the past eight years and will retire again as president emeritus.

In a statement, Wood says while he has not been actively seeking a college presidency, he found that Davis & Elkins’ liberal arts education offerings, faith-based roots and location in his home state were “enticing and captivating.”

Wood has a bachelor’s degree from West Virginia Wesleyan College and a post-graduate degree from Northwestern University’s theological seminary.

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