Gary A. Woods

Chief, Continuing Education Programs, Department of Defense (DoD), The Pentagon, Washington D.C.
Nominee:  Steve Francis Kime

Mr. Woods received his BA in European History from Wichita State University and MAs in Medieval European History and Education from Wichita State and Chapman University respectively. He was awarded an honorary doctorate in higher education administration by Park University. He is a graduate of Harvard’s Institute for Management and Leadership in Education, the Federal Executive Institute, DoD’s Senior Executive Leadership Program, and Air War College. He has completed additional graduate work in law and public policy, management economics, management information systems, national security policy, and systems acquisition management.

Mr. Woods has over 30 years of experience in the field of education, to include positions at installations and military headquarters around the world. He is currently responsible for oversight and administration of all adult, continuing, post-secondary, higher and non-traditional education programs for DoD that serve over 1.4 million personnel worldwide. This includes fiscal and regulatory guidance for military education centers, academic testing programs, military tuition assistance, distance education, the Troops-to-Teachers program, overseas DoD education contracts, quality oversight for each of these programs, as well as official liaison with leaders of higher academe and professional education associations, state advisory boards on military education, US Departments of Education and Veterans Affairs, and other state and federal departments and agencies. His office is also responsible for monitoring legislative activities and addressing inquiries on military education and tuition assistance, and for media interviews and congressional testimony on behalf of DoD. He chairs the DoD Interservice Voluntary Education Working Group and the Governing Board for the Military Installation Voluntary Education Review. He serves as Executive Chair and emcee for the triennial DoD World Wide Education Symposium. He has also held positions as a guidance counselor; command counselor; education services officer; Chief of Professional Development; Associate Director of Community Support; and as Director of Education, Training and Career Development. He has set on or chaired several government training and outsourcing panels and has held senior leadership positions in numerous national educational organizations. He has taught US and European history at the graduate and undergraduate levels and has written extensively on education and distance learning. Mr. Woods has received numerous awards for efforts and activities both in and out of government.

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