George O. Wood, former superintendent of the General Council of the Assemblies of God, was appointed the interim president of Evangel University.
The university’s Board of Trustees made the announcement Monday. Wood, a 1962 graduate, will replace Carol Taylor, the first Evangel alum and woman to hold the post.
Last year, Taylor announced plans to retire but agreed to stay until Nov. 25 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The board is pleased to have someone with Dr. Wood’s experience and depth of knowledge step into the role,” said Rick Ross, chairman of the Evangel board, in a news release. “We’re also pleased with the work that Dr. Taylor is doing to provide an orderly transition.”
Wood, a graduate of Springfield’s Central High School, was in the university’s fourth graduating class.
He and wife Jewell have been honored as part of the “Pioneers,” the students who came to the school during the first decade.
Later, after completing a master’s degree and a doctorate of pastoral theology from the Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, he returned to Evangel to serve as a campus pastor.
The private Christian institution in Springfield has 2,300 students.
Wood, who has a juris doctorate from Western State University College of Law, is a member of the California Bar as well as the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States.
He currently serves as chairman of the World Assemblies of God Fellowship with more than 360,000 churches across the globe.
The search for a new Evangel president will continue. Wood is expected to serve until the next leader starts work.
Claudette Riley is the education reporter. Email news tips to email@example.com.
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