CEO Bio: John Woods, Provost and Chief Academic Officer
John Woods, Ph.D., is the chief academic officer and provost for University of Phoenix and
responsible for further developing and fulfilling the University’s academic mission. He is
charged with amplifying the University's high-quality, rigorous and career-relevant academic
programs, while spurring innovation to help working adults move efficiently from education to
careers. He leads a team of academic leaders and more than 3,000 practitioner faculty with
applied experience in the disciplines they teach. His office defines student learning outcomes
that align with employer expectations, and with the specific skills students should have to
improve their performance in today's competitive economy.
Dr. Woods provides leadership for assessment of student learning, instructional innovation,
faculty engagement, the student experience, accreditation, and institutional reporting.
Dr. Woods is the founding director of the University of Phoenix Career Institute® which annually
publishes the Career Optimism Index®. In 2022, Dr. Woods’ insights on the Index were featured
in numerous publications including Forbes and Inc. He is active as a speaker on career,
workforce and higher education issues at events including the 2022 SHRM conference, 2022
Economic Development Summit of WESTMARC, Greater Phoenix Chamber Foundation’s 2022
Workforce Summit, and the 2022 Reagan Institute Summit on Education (RISE).
Prior to joining University of Phoenix, Dr. Woods served as a dean at a traditional liberal arts
college, an adjunct faculty member at numerous institutions over the last twenty-five years,
and as chief academic officer for over fifteen years at other institutions serving working adult
learners. He began his career in higher education focusing on helping colleges and universities
leverage technology for instruction with the Eduprise, Collegis and Deltak family of companies.
Dr. Woods has been a Trustee of the Worthington Educational Foundation and previously
served as a Peer Evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission. He currently holds a board seat
with Kivuto, a Canadian educational technology company that works with schools to simplify
how they manage and distribute the many digital resources used in education for student
access. He is a contributing author of a chapter in the book, Doing More With Less: Making
Colleges Work Better, and has also had a presentation on self-study and institutional
improvement published with the Higher Learning Commission.
Dr. Woods earned a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Bowling Green State
University, where the focus of his research was adult learning, training and development, as
well as academic honesty policies and procedures. He received a Master of Arts and Bachelor of
Arts from Carleton University.
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