Gregory S. Woodward is the University of Hartford's sixth president. A composer, musician, athlete, and scholar, he has spent nearly four decades working in almost every conceivable role in higher education. From 2012 to the end of the 2016-17 academic year, he served as president of Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin, a private liberal arts college on the shores of Lake Michigan. In this role, he worked to strengthen campus-wide engagement and collaboration, fostering a college culture that values collegiality and a spirit of hospitality toward others.
In conjunction with the Office of Student Life, he created a Center for Student Success providing a physical and virtual location for comprehensive student services and assistance. He added a number of scholarship opportunities with a particular focus on underrepresented groups, and created new positions for experienced professionals to coordinate student internship opportunities, other experiential learning pathways, and grant funding for campus programs. Under his leadership, the college enjoyed the highest retention and graduation rates in its history, received its largest philanthropic gifts, enrolled the highest number of students from underrepresented groups, and funded its largest-ever endowment.
President Woodward championed the creation of an internship-centered program called Carthage in Chicago that allows up to 20 students to work, study, and live in Chicago for an entire semester. He also spearheaded a new Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program, while overseeing major revisions to the Honors Program. He also guided the fundraising for and execution of a newly constructed $43 million Science Center, a $2 million Center for Nursing Studies, and a $15 million Career and Welcome Center. His vision guided the College’s collaborative formation of an ambitious strategic plan, “Carthage in the Year 2025.”
Woodward moved to Carthage from Ithaca College, where he led one of the premier undergraduate music conservatories in the country as dean of the School of Music, served as interim provost/vice president for academic affairs, and created and served as the inaugural dean of the Division of Graduate and Professional Studies. He joined Ithaca’s Department of Music Theory, History, and Composition as a composer in 1984, becoming a full professor in 2000. At Ithaca, he created the first general education core in the college’s long history, built 19 new graduate programs, led the creation of the 10-year strategic plan, and grew both the music school and graduate programs to their all-time highest enrollments.
While earning his Doctor of Musical Arts from Cornell University, Woodward was a student of Pulitzer Prize-winning Czechoslovakian composer Karel Husa. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut and master’s degree from Ithaca College, having also studied composition with Donald Martino, Steven Stucky, and Charles Whittenberg.
He was a fellow in higher education at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education and is a graduate of Harvard’s New President Institute. He previously served on the music faculty at Cornell and at Valparaiso University, and was an ongoing guest lecturer in the School of Music at Yale University.
Woodward serves on the board of directors for United Way of Kenosha County and has been awarded the organization’s 2017 Legacy of Leadership Award for exemplary leadership on the Board of Directors and tremendous support for two vital United Way programs - Readers Are Leaders and VITA. He also was Kenosha’s 2012 honorary United Way campaign chair. He is a member of the Kenosha Unified School District Community Partners’ Alliance and the Kenosha County Strategic Visioning Process task force. Additionally, he serves on the boards at the Kenosha Area Business Alliance, the Three Harbors Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha, and The Prairie School in Wind Point, Wisconsin. This past year, he served as chair of the Council of Independent College’s Partnership in Education with The New York Times.
President Woodward played Division I soccer as a college student and spent many years coaching the sport throughout upstate New York. He is married to Penelope, a decorated public school music teacher, and they have three adult children.