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Gregory S. Woodward is the University of Hartford's sixth president.
In his two-year tenure here, he has energized the University community to embrace his commitment to help every student we enroll to succeed and to know more about who they are and how they interface with our diverse world when they walk across the stage with their diploma.
A composer, musician, athlete, and scholar, Woodward 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, where he strengthened campus-wide engagement and collaboration, thereby fostering a college culture that values collegiality and a spirit of hospitality toward others.
While at Carthage College, and in conjunction with the Office of Student Life, Woodward created a Center for Student Success
Woodward championed the creation of an internship-centered program called Carthage in Chicago that allowed 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. Woodward 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 steered the College’s collaborative formation of an ambitious strategic plan, “Carthage in the Year 2025.”
Prior to his time at Carthage, Woodward was at 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,
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
Woodward served on the board of directors for United Way of Kenosha County (Wisconsin) and was awarded the organization’s 2017 Legacy of Leadership Award for his tremendous support for two vital United Way programs—Readers Are Leaders and VITA. In 2016,
As a college student, Woodward played Division I soccer 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.