Wallace B. Wood began his career as an assistant county Extension agent in 1977. From 1979 to 1984, he was a McCormick County Extension associate leader. From 1984 to 1986, he was an Extension chairman associate in McCormick and then a chairman senior (1986-90) and director senior (1990-93). He became a senior agent for Abbeville, McCormick and Greenwood counties from 1993 to 2000. He finished his career as a distinguished county agent in Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood and McCormick counties from 2000 to 2009.
Wood was honored as a “dedicated professional who truly cared about his work. Among his many accomplishments, he built a successful forestry program from scratch, as well as a variety of program for farmers, youth and homeowners.” He won numerous awards, including Extension Superior Performance Award, the National Association of County Extension Agents Distinguished Service Award and the South Carolina Tree Farmer of the Year.
“I have seen firsthand Wallace’s dedication and passion in his work and service to his clientele and those in need,” said Greg Yarrow, professor of wildlife ecology and Extension wildlife specialist. “He has been a role model for many Extension professionals and has served as an invaluable mentor for many young Extension agents.”