Gregory S. Woodward became the University of Hartford's sixth president on July 1, 2017. He has transformed our campus in many ways thanks to his energy and resolute focus on the success of our students. 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. 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.
President Woodward moved to Carthage from Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York 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. 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.
President Woodward 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.
He is married to Penelope, a decorated public school music teacher, and they have three adult children.