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Search Committee Comments

Kathy Behrens ’85

Kathy BehrensCollege of Education, Nursing and Health Professions
Search Committee Chair
Member, Board of Regents
"We could not be more thrilled to bring Gregory Woodward to the University of Hartford. With every conversation and interaction our committee had with him, we became more energized by his passion and vision for what the University can become. Following the highly successful tenure of Walt Harrison, we knew we needed someone with the intellect, relationship skills, and savvy that Greg has.

As a University alumna and member of the Board of Regents, I was particularly impressed with Greg’s understanding of UHart’s mission and the values that make us so special. Alumni of all ages will enjoy getting to know him and seeing him work with stakeholders to help the University grow and thrive for a new generation of students."

Charles Amerson ’96, M’99

Charles AmersonThe Hartt School, College of Arts and Sciences
Director of Student Centers
"Three words sum up my impressions of Gregory Woodward—energetic, galvanizing, and knowledgeable. He has an energy that is very infectious. He made me energized listening to his ideas about our professional and liberal arts curriculum. His excitement and enthusiasm about the possibilities within the University gave me a rush of institutional and professional pride. His record of strong faculty and administrative achievement as well as leadership is what the University needs in our next President."

Robert Black ’79

Robert BlackwellThe Hartt School
Professor, Double Bass
"Gregory Woodward is an exciting choice for the University. The combination of his deep belief in the power of a liberal arts education to effect positive changes in people’s lives and the world in general, his strong commitment to the student experience, and his enthusiasm for and understanding of all the parts and constituents of the University point toward a bright future for our community."


Yonina Bykov ’17

Yonina BykovCollege of Arts and Sciences, College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions
Current Student
"Gregory Woodward is passionate, energetic, and exciting. Particularly, as a student, I can sense his genuine interest in having a positive impact on the overall University experience for students and in providing a unique educational opportunity that will make us all even more proud to be Hawks."



Elsa Chin A ’07, ’09

chin elsaHillyer College, College of Arts and Sciences
Member, Board of Regents
"Gregory Woodward’s extensive experience as a president and senior administrator and his energy will build upon the fantastic job that President Harrison has done and will transition the University into its next chapter. We look forward to his leadership through collaboration with all members of the University community—faculty, staff, students, board members, and community members."


Dominic Fulco III ’81

Dominic Fulco IIICollege of Arts and Sciences
Vice-Chair, Board of Regents
"Gregory Woodward brings to us significant leadership experience in higher education as the president of a college and previously as a provost of another university. He has demonstrated innovation and creativity in establishing successful new programs."



Gary Masse ’85

Gary MasseCollege of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture
Member, Board of Regents
"When interviewing Gregory Woodward I felt that his background in instruction and administration is a strong fit for the University of Hartford. He acquired varied experience at a well-run college and also expanded upon that experience in the president’s role at Carthage College. His energy and people skills will serve him well at the University. As a Regent, I look forward to supporting him."


Lucille Nickerson

Lucille NickersonChair, Board of Regents
"It was important that we recruit a president who would embrace our values and mission, who could see the opportunities in our liberal arts core coupled with our professional schools and colleges, and who could build on our strengths to enhance our academic reputation and financial position. Of the many excellent candidates whose credentials were considered, Gregory Woodward emerged as the clear leader. His experience and accomplishments align with our vision for this University."


John Nordyke

John NordykeHartford Art School
Professor of Visual Communication Design
"There are many responsibilities that make the presidency a complex position at any institution. Gregory’s experience, enthusiasm, and preparation for our meetings were impressive and I concluded that he would be an excellent fit for the core values at the University of Hartford."



Girish Rishi M’92

Girish RishiBarney School of Business
Member, Board of Regents
"I am an alumnus of the Barney School of Business and I recognize Greg Woodward's training in music, familiarity with New England, his experiences at Carthage and Ithaca, and his fundraising successes as great assets. I am impressed by Greg's energy level, interpersonal skills, deep study of the University of Hartford, and his overall erudition."


Arnold West

Arnold WestVice-Chair, Board of Regents
"In Gregory Woodward, the search committee believes we have found an experienced university administrator and teacher who is passionate about the potential of the University. He knows the history of UHart and, more important, envisions a future that enhances the assets of the whole University for the benefit of our students and community."