Statement issued Friday by Ivy Tech Community College-Northeast:
Don Wood, President, CEO, and Founder of 80/20 Inc., was recently appointed to the regional board of Ivy Tech Community College-Northeast. Wood has accepted the three-year term and will represent manufacturing. As a member of the Regional Board, Wood will support the college’s vision, mission, and goals, embrace the college’s strategic plan and values, and be instrumental in well-representing the college within the manufacturing community.
Don Wood and his two sons started 80/20, Inc. in 1989 with an unprecedented design, offering a new product to the marketplace and a novel way of doing business where the customer is, and always will be, the boss. The company, which started as a three-man operation, now employs over 200 – 35 of which are Ivy Tech graduates.
Wood brings a great deal of knowledge and experience in the manufacturing industry to the board. He has served as President of Don Wood & Associates, a consulting firm that focused on the factory automation industry and its constituents, as sales engineer for Bellows-Valvair, and as general manager for Alta Engineering Company among others.
Wood is involved in the community through his service as past-President of the Fluid Power Society, past-Chairman of the International Fluid-Power Expo, and as commencement speaker for Ivy Tech Community College. He has also conducted seminars all over the country on engineering as well as trade shows. He is also involved with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and the Aids Task Force. Wood and his wife, Dar Richardson, live in Fort Wayne, Ind. and have nine children between them.
Ivy Tech Community College is the state's largest public post-secondary institution and the nation's largest singly-accredited statewide community college system with nearly 200,000 students enrolled annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.