The Gold Blazer Award is presented annually to alumni who have provided outstanding service to the Alumni Association and the university.
Dr. Cliff L. Wood
(Class of 1966, 1967 and 1973) became Director of Student Activities for Tarrant County Junior College shortly after receiving his master’s degree in science. After graduating with his doctorate in education from A&M-Commerce, Dr. Wood served as Dean of Institutional and Student Services for the Houston Community College System. He spent time at Northern Virginia Community College as an associate professor of human services and psychology as well as the chairman of visual arts and engineering on campus. He was acting Provost for three months and Instructional Dean for six years at Montgomery College. From 1987-2004, Wood was Vice President of Academic Affairs for the County College of Morris in Randolph, New Jersey. Wood has received many awards including: JCC Rockland “J” Award, Patterns for Progress Regional Achievement Award, Spring Valley NAACP Humanitarian Award, Nyack College Social Justice Day Award, ACT (Adults Caring For Teens) Inc. Mentoring Award, New York Community College Trustees Special Award of Recognition, and Nyack Branch NAACP 2010 Award in Appreciation for Empowering the Future of Our Youth. Currently, he serves as President of Rockland Community College in Suffern, New York. Dr. Wood has served on several boards for charity and community service organizations. He has been published many times, and is a respected professional in the field of education.