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Finance Professor Barbara Wood Named 2014 Neeley Alumni Professor of the Year

Wood is associate professor of professional practice in finance and assistant director of the Luther King Capital Management Center for Financial Studies at TCU.   

July 17,  2014

By Elaine Cole

Barbara Wood, associate professor of professional practice in finance, has been chosen as the 2014 Neeley Alumni Professor of the Year. Wood is assistant director of the Luther King Capital Management Center for Financial Studies at TCU and faculty advisor for the TCU Financial Management Association. She also is program manager for the TCU High School Investor Challenge. She joined the Neeley School of Business at TCU in 2001.

“I discovered my love for teaching after 18 years as an engineer,” Wood said. “While studying for my MBA, I realized that I enjoyed helping my fellow classmates understand the material. I made a career change to academia 15 years ago, and it was the best decision I ever made. I continue to be impressed with TCU students’ professionalism, presentation skills and eagerness to understand how the material in the classroom works in the real world.”

“Dr. Wood is the epitome of a TCU professor: a brilliant expert in her field who is always there to help students both inside and outside the classroom,” Daniel Paret BBA ’10, associate with Brown Pruitt Wambsganss Ferrill & Dean P.C., said. “She taught me lessons that not only helped me get my degree, but more importantly were applicable and helpful to me in the workplace.”

Recent graduate Lennesha Morgan BBA ’14 said that Wood “takes time to ensure that students understand the work and learn as much as we can.”

Wood teaches Introduction to Financial Management, Advanced Financial Management and Portfolio Management. As program manager of the TCU High School Investor Challenge, Wood oversees high-achieving high school seniors for one week of finance and accounting classes at TCU in the summer, then throughout their senior year as each student manages a $100,000 virtual portfolio. The popular program draws students from across the U.S.

Jareem Williams BBA ’12, a teacher in training with the Fort Worth Independent School District, said that Wood encouraged him to follow his heart into the teaching field, “and for that I am extremely grateful. Dr. Wood not only seeks to know students on a professional and academic level, but also on a personal one. She is beyond deserving of this award.”

Wood spent the early part of her career in the business world with Owens-Corning Fiberglas, Arthur Young, Raytheon, Allergan and Computer Associates, then began lecturing at Baylor University in 1999, teaching Introduction to Finance and Principles of Microeconomics. She was an adjunct professor at Dallas Baptist University and named Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Texas-Arlington while pursuing her doctorate degree. She joined the Neeley School of Business at TCU in 2001 as adjunct professor in finance and was named associate professor of professional practice in finance in 2010. 

She holds a PhD from the University of Texas-Arlington, MBA from Baylor University and bachelor of industrial engineering from Auburn University.

As the 2014 Neeley Alumni Professor of the Year, Wood will speak at Neeley alumni events around the country throughout the 2014-15 academic year. Neeley alumni began the Neeley Alumni Professor of the Year award in 2006 to pay tribute to the faculty members who enriched their overall experience at the Neeley School. Previous recipients of the honor are In-Mu Haw, Robert Boatler, Joe Lipscomb, Robert Vigeland, Bill Moncrief, Rob Rhodes, Larry Lockwood and Chris Barry.