Cypress, CA, November 3, 2011 – Trident University International, a leader in online education, announced today that Gary Woods, former Director of the Department of Defense’s Educational Opportunities, has joined the University’s Board of Managers.
Woods brings 40 years of experience to the Board, serving in leadership positions for military voluntary education and transition programs. He has worked on college campuses as well as on Marine, Navy, Army and Air Force installations around the world.
“My sole reason for agreeing to join the Trident Board was to ensure the University addresses and adheres to the credo of delivering quality, academically sound and respected programs to our nation’s military. That will be one of my main goals on the Board; it is critical from my perspective,” said Woods.
Prior to joining Trident’s Board, Woods served as Vice Chancellor of Military and Veterans Programs for Brandman University. Earlier in his career, he was a senior policy advisor in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness and a senior advisor to the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy. In addition to his role as Director of Educational Opportunities, he also served as Chief of the Department of Defense Voluntary Education Program.
“We are honored to have such a respected leader join our Board,” said Nolan Miura, interim President and CEO of Trident University. “Gary Woods’ appointment sends a strong message of Trident’s continued commitment to providing quality education and service to all members of the military community. Although Gary’s core focus will be to serve the large military population attending our university, the breadth of his experience in education will help us better serve and expand the entire TUI community.”
Woods will serve on several Board committees that have oversight of the quality of academic programs and services provided to military personnel and their families.
About Trident University International (TUI)
Founded in 1998, Trident University International (TUI) is a leading online postsecondary university serving all members of the military family. Its pioneering Robust Learning Model (RLM) and proven online methodologies empower students to earn high-quality baccalaureate, masters and doctoral degrees. TUI offers academic excellence, as over 80% of its Faculty members have doctoral degrees. They use a real-world, practical curriculum that provides students with the tools to enhance their lives and can help further their careers.