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 Roy Ladelle Wood

Roy Ladelle Wood

  • Dean NSU Broken Arrow
    Broken Arrow Academic Support

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  • Broken Arrow
    • Broken Arrow Administrative Services 207
    • Phone: (918) 449-6101

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I am Dean of the Broken Arrow Campus of Northeastern State University. The Broken Arrow campus serves over 3000 undergraduate and graduate students.

Previously I served as Dean of the Defense Systems Management College and Interim Vice President and Chief Academic Officer of the Defense Acquisition University (DAU). DAU is an award-winning corporate university preparing military and government civilian project management teams to lead defense programs, like Joint Strike Fighter, Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, and Littoral Combat Ship. I served 2 years as VP, and over 7 years as the Dean of the Defense Systems Management College at DAU.

Prior to DAU, I was the Principal Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for International Technology Security. This was a political appointment in the second George W. Bush Administration.

I am a retired Naval officer with operational tours in ships and submarines. Ashore, I managed ship repair projects, ran an experimental high-energy laser, and was involved in ballistic missile defense. After retirement, I worked for a small consulting firm where I helped the Navy create a $1.6 billion shipboard radar program.


  • Ph D, Organization and Management, Capella University, , 2009
  • MS, National Resource Strategy, National War College - Industrial College of the Armed Forces, , 1999
  • MBA, Technology Management, University of Phoenix, , 1999
  • MS, Electrical Engineering, Naval Postgraduate School, , 1986
  • BS, Computer Science, Texas A&M University, , 1980

Research Interests:

My research interests include the neuro-cognitive behavioral aspects of leadership and decision-making, managing and leading in complex environments, and the use and effectiveness of technology in teaching and learning.

Teaching Interests:

My teaching interests include strategic leadership and management, operations management, management of technology, and project management.

Professional Activities:

Intellectual Content:

  • Program Manager as Chief Executive Officer (CEO): Leading with accountability and empowerment (Journal Article, Professional Journal), Application, Published, July (3rd Quarter/Summer), 2009
  • The P-51 Mustang: A case study in defense acquisition (Journal Article, Professional Journal), Application, Published, October (4th Quarter/Autumn), 2010
  • Time is money (Journal Article, Professional Journal), Integration, Published, October (4th Quarter/Autumn), 2013
  • A comparison of government and industry program manager competencies (Conference Proceeding), Discovery, Published, May, 2014
  • Three “big ideas” for reforming acquisition: Evidence-based propositions for transformation (Conference Proceeding), Integration, Published, May, 2015


  • Acquisition...lessons learned thorough 40+ years of trial and error - Engineering Duty Officer Senior Course Presentation - Port Hueneme, CA - 13 Sep 2015
  • Japan-US Dual Use Technology, Research, Development, Acquisition, and Life Cycle Cooperative Workshop - US-Japan Cooperative Workshop - Tokyo, Japan - 24 Feb 2016
  • Defense Acquisition: Change and Opportunity - International Defence Education & Acquisition Forum - Shrivenham, UK - 24 May 2010
  • Executive Productivity - Tasty Talks - Broken Arrow, OK - 04 Apr 2018

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