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Thank You From Search Committee Chair

Posted 12/13/2016
Submitted by Kathy Behrens
Category: Campus Announcements, Student Announcements

Dear Friends,

Following yesterday’s exciting announcement of Gregory S. Woodward as the University’s sixth president, I want to take an opportunity to thank the Presidential Search Committee and all of you in the UHart community for your thoughtful and committed engagement in the process.

In unanimously accepting the recommendation of the Presidential Search Committee, the Board of Regents acknowledged the fulfillment by the committee of its charge after nearly 10 months of intense effort. I was privileged to chair the committee and am grateful to the members listed below for their extraordinary dedication throughout the process. They were tireless in their desire to find the best possible person to lead the University, and we truly worked together as a team.

In addition to selecting an outstanding leader, our goal throughout this process was to be as open and inclusive as possible. I thank all of you who care so deeply for the University—students, staff, faculty, regents, community leaders, and alumni—for your participation in the search. Whether via emails, phone calls, participation in listening sessions, or answering surveys, you provided essential input about the skills, experience, and personal characteristics that our next president should have. In the end, informed by your insights, we recruited a deep, diverse, and talented pool; it was clear that the opportunity to serve as UHart president was highly desirable.

As Board Chair Lucille Nickerson indicated in yesterday’s announcement, we found in Greg Woodward a leader of significant intellect, energy, and vision with a strong commitment to the student and campus experience. We were delighted to learn of his ties to the Hartford area and the clear alignment of his values and experiences with the aspirations we hold for our University. I join all of you in looking forward to welcoming Greg and his wife, Penny, to the University of Hartford.

Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season and New Year.

Kathy Behrens
Chair, Presidential Search Committee 

Presidential Search Committee

Kathy Behrens ’85—College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions
Committee Chair
Member, Board of Regents

Lucille Nickerson
Chair, Board of Regents

Dominic Fulco III ’81—College of Arts and Sciences
Vice-Chair, Board of Regents 

Arnold West
Vice-Chair, Board of Regents

Elsa Chin A’07, ’09—Hillyer College and College of Arts and Sciences
Member, Board of Regents

Gary Masse ’85—College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture
Member, Board of Regents

Girish Rishi M’92—Barney School of Business
Member, Board of Regents

Robert Black '79—The Hartt School
Professor of Double Bass, The Hartt School

Deborah Kidder
Professor of Management
Chair, Department of Management, Marketing, and Entrepreneurship, Barney School of Business
Former Chair, Faculty Senate

John Nordyke
Hartford Art School
Professor of Visual Communication Design,

Charles Amerson ’96, M’99—The Hartt School and College of Arts and Sciences
Director of Student Centers

Yonina Bykov ’17—College of Arts and Sciences and College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions
Undergraduate Student

Staff Support:
Susan Fitzgerald
Senior Advisor to the President and Interim Secretary of the University