Paul M. Wood has been selected as the 2013 Mid-Plains Community College Alumni of the Year. He was presented with the award during the Nebraska Community College Association's Annual Meeting held Nov. 4-5 in North Platte.
Mr. Wood was born in McCook and is a 1980 graduate of McCook Senior High School. He graduated from McCook Community College in 1982 with an Associate of Arts degree.
He transferred to Kearney State College (now the University of Nebraska at Kearney), and in 1984 he completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration.
In 1987, he graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Law with a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree. After gaining admission to the Bar, Wood returned to McCook and became a partner with Colfer, Wood, Lyons & Wood Law Firm.
In 1991, Wood was elected as the County Attorney of Red Willow County – a position that he has continuously been re-elected to and still holds today. He has been active in his community and has served or is a member of numerous boards, committees and organizations.
Wood is currently the President of the McCook College Foundation. He is a member of both the Nebraska School Activities Association and Nebraska High School Officials Association, and has served as a football official since 1988.
Wood and his wife, Linda, have four children: Joshua, Alison, Emily and Erica. He is very proud of his family's longtime association with McCook Community College, which includes his father J.D. Wood graduating in1950; sister Mary in 1976; brother Matt in1978; wife Linda in 1984; sister Susan in 1989; daughter Alison in 2006; and daughter Emily in 2013.
"It gives me great pride to honor a true and respected gentleman with this award," said MPCC President Ryan Purdy. "The entire MPCC family is pleased to recognize Mr. Paul Wood as Mid-Plains Community College's Alumni of the Year for 2013."