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Experienced Construction Industry Executive and Attorney Named New Executive Director of Construction Institute


Posted 12/23/2014
Posted by David Isgur


Nancy Wiegers Greenwald, a construction industry executive and attorney with more than 25 years’ experience, has been named the new executive director of the Construction Institute at the University of Hartford. She will assume her new position on January 19, according to Thomas Dorer, vice president, counsel, and secretary of the University.

Greenwald succeeds William Cianci, who has been executive director of the Construction Institute for 28 years and is retiring effective December 31.

Nancy Greenwald, the new executive director of the Construction Institute“The mission of the Construction Institute, with its focus on innovation and collaboration among all stakeholders in the industry, is unique,” Greenwald said. “I am looking forward to joining the Construction Institute as executive director and to working with the Institute’s members, the board, the staff, and the University to support and grow the Institute while enhancing the value of the Institute to its members and to the University.”

”We are thrilled to have found a new executive director who thoroughly embraces the mission of the Institute and who will bring substantial experience in the design and construction professions to focus on the growth of our Institute,” stated Peter Hentschel and Kathyann Cowles, co-chairs of the Institute’s board of directors,  

Greenwald has practical experience as vice president, general counsel and chief financial officer of Greenwald Cassell Associates, Inc., a design/build firm specializing in residential development and renovation that she helped found in 1984. She is also a licensed attorney who has spent the last 27 years working on a variety of energy, public utility, and nuclear regulatory matters and construction issues. In her capacity as an attorney she has experience representing all players in the industry, including owners, architects, engineers, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, labor, insurers and financial institutions.

In recent years, Greenwald has focused on arbitration and mediation, specializing in resolving construction issues, as principal of Construction, Dispute Solutions, PLLC. She serves on the American Arbitration Association's Construction Industry Panel of Arbitrators and Mediators and has been appointed as a private arbitrator by the Virginia Courts.

Greenwald has numerous publications in dispute systems design, arbitration and complex construction contracts. Greenwald is a member of the Executive Committee of the Dispute Resolution Section of the American Bar Association (ABA) and co-chair of the Women in Dispute Resolution (WIDR) Committee and was responsible for the rapid membership growth of WIDR. She is an active member of the ABA Forum on Construction Law.

She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School (1981, cum laude), and her Sc.B. from Brown University (1978, magna cum laude).

The Construction Institute was founded in 1975 by a group of industry leaders in partnership with the University of Hartford (its institutional home since inception). The founding members’ vision was to provide an opportunity for individual practitioners to share experiences, knowledge, and relationships to stimulate industry growth and develop business leaders.