2019 Speakers

Dr. Jane M. Wood 
Jane M. Wood, Ph.D., became the tenth president of Bluffton University in July 2018. A native of St. Joseph, Mo., Dr. Wood earned her bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of Missouri. She went on to earn her master’s degree, followed by her doctorate in English literature from the University of Kansas.

Dr. Wood has more than 20 years of experience in higher education including serving as a tenured faculty member, department chair, academic dean and vice president. She has demonstrated success in working collaboratively to develop strategic plans, spur enrollment growth and develop academic programs for undergraduate, adult, and graduate-level students.

Raised in the United Methodist Church and having served at both Catholic and Protestant institutions, Dr. Wood has a heart for the importance of faith in both the lives of individuals and within institutions of higher education. A trained mediator, she also has a passion for social justice. Dr. Wood and her husband, Wayne McGaugh, have two grown daughters.

Alaina Shearer
Alaina Shearer is the founder and original member of Women in Digital, a ground breaking national organization with more than 2000 members uniting women in digital creative professions behind one purpose - to empower each other through one another.

Founded in June of 2016, Women in Digital is on the cusp of expanding beyond the digital profession, and Alaina will bring her practice, insights and discoveries to Bluffton for a custom presentation and workshop.

In addition to leading Women in Digital, Alaina is also podcasting for Women in Digital's Slings & Arrows, contributing to AdWeek, wrangling her four children and managing her digital agency, Cement Marketing.