Ashley Wood is director for the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) Communication Services, which produces all state land-grant communications for UF's College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, School of Forest Resources and Conservation, College of Natural Resources and the Environment, Florida Cooperative Extension Service, and Florida Agricultural Experiment Station.
Wood's continuous service to the University of Florida began in 1969. Over the years, he has held several key positions in the communications unit of UF/IFAS. A native Floridian, he earned both his bachelor's degree in business administration (1969) and his master's degree in education (1974) from the University of Florida.
Throughout his ACE career, Wood has won top awards in both graphic design and publications in the ACE Critique and Awards program. In 1988, he was awarded the ACE Award of Excellence, and in 1991, he won the ACE Outstanding Professional Skill Award in graphic design. In 1995 he received a Golden ARC Award in publications from the Agricultural Relations Council. In 1997, Wood was awarded the ACE Professional Award, the highest award presented by the organization to one of its members. In 2000, he was presented with the Honored Professional Award by the Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow.
Through a grant in 1990, Wood brought the international headquarters of ACE to the University of Florida, where he served as the international coordinator for six years. He is a member of the University of Florida Communications Network and has served on its executive committee. He also serves on a number of community and civic organizations.