MU Engineering alumnus presented with Presidential Citation Award
In late February, the University of Missouri System held its 41st annual Legislative Day at the capitol building in Jefferson City, Mo., sponsored by the Alliance of Alumni Associations and MU Extension. Alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the system gathered to interact with legislators. In addition to displays and a legislative rally on higher education, the Alliance presented Presidential Citation Awards to an individual from each campus and Extension in recognition of their outstanding and continued service to their respective campuses.
Jim Foil, Alliance chair, said the campus alumni associations and Extension Council identify candidates for the award and submit nominations to the Alliance
“The Alliance Awards Committee looks at nominees to see if they meet the award criteria,” said Foil, who represents Missouri S&T on the committee. “Nominations are then passed to the [UM System] president and he either approves them, or may ask that we honor someone else.
“In the past we have made these awards at a banquet, but this year four of the five were present and received their awards right there in the rotunda, in front of legislators. It’s a nice recognition for those who have served,” Foil added.
Ron Wood, who earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1964 from the MU College of Engineering, was MU’s 2015 Presidential Citation Award honoree. Wood also earned his juris doctor in 1968 from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
“I am surprised and very grateful to be recognized from among the many volunteers who devote so much of their energy to the university,” Wood said about receiving the award. “My education has allowed me to enjoy some success, and I am happy to be able to make a contribution back to the university. I look forward to continuing my efforts in support of the university.”
Wood had a stellar career with Black & Veatch, a firm that is among the largest global infrastructure companies providing engineering and construction services for water and energy projects. He started there in February 1964 in the Management Services Division and when he retired 42 years later in February 2006, he was president and chief executive officer of the Black & Veatch energy business and an executive officer and member of the board of directors of Black & Veatch holding Company.
He currently is the founder and principal officer of Wood Capital, LLC, an early stage investment company, and is CEO of Tiger Energy Solutions, LLC, a start-up biofuel research company with a laboratory at the Missouri Innovation Center on the MU campus. The Tiger Energy initiative includes several MU professors. Wood also has a private law practice specializes in renewable energy projects.
During his notable career, Wood had a long affiliation with the World Energy Council including past membership on its board of directors, and he remains an active member on a number of additional boards of directors primarily focused on energy.
Wood has been an active and strong supporter of the University of Missouri and the College of Engineering. A longtime member, he currently serves as the chairman of the Dean’s Engineering Advisory Council.
Wood also is a member of the combined College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources and Engineering Deans’ Energy Council and is a member of MU Bioengineering Department’s advisory board.
He worked as a member of Engineering’s campaign leadership team during MU’s successful capital campaign, “For All We Call Mizzou,” which reached its goal in December 2008. He also served on the national campaign steering committee.
Wood has been recognized for his efforts on the behalf of MU twice before. In 2004, he was presented with the College’s Missouri Honor Award for Distinguished Service in Engineering and in 2008 received an MU Faculty-Alumni Award.
In addition to sharing his time and expertise with his alma mater, Wood also is a distinguished donor. He and his wife Judy have made significant contributions to support engineering and other campus initiatives.
“This is a well-deserved recognition for the many contributions Ron has made to MU and its College of Engineering,” said Bob Schwartz, interim dean of the College. “Ron has great passion for the university, has effectively served and led many of its boards and contributes in so many ways to our success. We are grateful for his engagement and leadership.”
The Alumni Alliance was created in 1969 to encourage communication and cooperation among the system campuses and to help university advocates speak with one voice when delivering messages to legislators, community leaders and the public.