Amy Wood


  • Ph.D., Counseling and Counselor Education, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
  • M.A., Counseling, Lenoir-Rhyne University
  • B.A., Politics, Wake Forest University

Amy Wood is an assistant provost and the inaugural dean of The Graduate School at Lenoir-Rhyne University. Under Wood's leadership, LR has more than 30 graduate programs offered on three campuses with a record enrollment of more than 900 graduate students in 2020-21. In addition, Wood played a vital role in the development, expansion and administration of the Asheville and Columbia centers. 

Wood also is a full professor of counseling and has taught for more than 15 years. Prior to serving as dean, she served as chair of the School of Counseling and Human Services. In 2016, she received the Roediger Distinguished Service Professorship, designated annually by the president to recognize distinguished service to the university, profession and community.

In addition, since 2007, Wood has served as the faculty athletic representative. At the 2021 Bear's Choice Awards, she was recognized by the athletics department by the naming of the Dr. Amy Wood Supporting Faculty Award, which will be awarded annually to a faculty member who contributes significantly to the athletic department and LR student-athletes. 

Before joining Lenoir-Rhyne, she maintained a private counseling practice and has more than 20 years of experience working in public and private mental health settings. Wood has served on numerous boards, including the Rape Crisis Center, the Mental Health Partners LME and Hickory High Booster's Club, and has served as a consultant and speaker at schools, agencies and organizations. Her clinical and research interests include trauma, loss and coping, as well as graduate student development.