Past Presidents

The University of Hartford has been led by dynamic and visionary leaders through its history, from its first chancellor, Vincent B. Coffin, to current president Gregory Woodward.

WALTER L. HARRISON, 1998–2017

Walter L. Harrison
Walter L. Harrison

As the University’s fifth and longest-serving president, Walter Harrison served with distinction for two decades. Under his leadership, the University experienced a period of energy and vitality unmatched in its history.

HUMPHREY R. TONKIN, 1989–1998

Humphrey R. Tonkin
Humphrey R. Tonkin

Humphrey Tonkin strengthened the University of Hartford’s ties to the community, elevated the quality of academic programs, and broadened the institution’s geographic reach throughout the country and the world.

STEPHEN JOEL TRACHTENBERG, 1977–1988

Stephen Joel Trachtenberg
Stephen Joel Trachtenberg

During his 11 years as president, Stephen Joel Trachtenberg raised the University’s profile, elevating Hartford Hawks athletics programs to NCAA Division I status. His most ambitious building project was the University Center, now known as the Harry Jack Gray Center.

ARCHIBALD M. WOODRUFF, 1967–1977

Archibald M. Woodruff,
Archibald M. Woodruff,

In addition to new buildings and programs, Archibald Woodruff’s enduring legacy was the consolidation of the University to a single location with comprehensive facilities that drew students from throughout the New England region.

VINCENT B. COFFIN, 1959–1967

Vincent B. Coffin
Vincent B. Coffin

The University of Hartford’s first president (then deemed chancellor; the title was changed to president in 1970), Vincent B. Coffin, was a well-known insurance executive. During his tenure, the University opened its first residence halls, and began a trajectory of growth and expansion that would span decades.