PIU names new Vice President for Academics

Pacific Islands University President, Rev. Howard Merrell, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Christel Wood as Vice President for Academics.

Dr. Wood began her education in Germany and received her certification to teach in elementary school at Pädagogische Hochschule Wuppertal, Germany; Teaching Credentials for High Schools at Teacher’s College Duesseldolf, Germany; and her Doctor of Education in Cross-Cultural Studies at Biola University, La Mirada, California, USA.

Dr. Wood is a life-time missionary with Liebenzell Mission Germany, which was instrumental in founding PIU and continues to be an integral partner with the school. Dr. Wood served with LMG in Papua New Guinea; Chuuk, FSM; and Guam. She began working with PIU in 1991, and has served the school in various capacities, including two previous stints as Academic Vice President. Prior to her recent appointment, Dr. Wood was serving as an instructor at PIU.

Dr. Christel Wood is married to PIU’s other Dr. Wood, former President and current instructor, Dr. William Wood. Interestingly, the couple met when Christel arrived at the school’s Chuuk campus for a “temporary” assignment. Bill was the Principal of Micronesian Institute for Biblical Studies (MIBS became Pacific Islands Bible College, and then PIU). Marriage made her assignment permanent, much to the joy of PIU students, staff, and alumni.

Beyond any doubt, Dr. Christel Wood is educationally, experientially, spiritually, and intellectually qualified to help lead PIU in its ongoing pursuit of providing excellent, accessible, transformational, Christian higher education to this region now and as the school moves into a new decade.

Dr. Wood’s service in this role will begin immediately. She will be working with the rest of PIU’s Academic Team: Liberal Studies Chair, Dot Houde, Biblical Studies Chair, Iotaka Choram, Library Director Paul Drake, and Acting Registrar, Joshua Combs.

Please join the PIU family in praying for Dr. Wood as she resumes her role as Chief Academic Officer, and for PIU as it moves into the 2020 decade of service.