President At Capital Community
January 15, 2005
By ROBERT A. FRAHM, Courant Staff Writer
A New Jersey educator with a long career in higher
education has been named president of Capital Community College in Hartford.
Calvin E. Woodland, vice president for student services at Bergen Community College
in Paramus, N.J., is expected to begin duties at Capital in March.
Woodland, 61, was selected from a field of more than 50 candidates to succeed
Ira H. Rubenzahl, who left Capital last year to take over as head of Springfield
Technical Community College in Springfield.
Woodland has an extensive background in community colleges, including Bergen,
which enrolls about 14,500 urban and suburban students, roughly four times the
size of Capital's student body.
He began his career as a counselor and adjunct education professor at Essex County
College in Newark, N.J., and taught at Morgan State University in Baltimore.
He has held administrative jobs at Coppin State College and Charles County Community
College in Maryland, Northern Virginia Community College in Virginia, and Daytona
Beach Community College in Florida.
"We really feel we have a star," said Marie Spivey, vice chairman of the board
of trustees for the Connecticut Community College System and head of a search
committee that picked Woodland.
Spivey described Woodland as a personable leader with a strong commitment to
identifying campus priorities, "even in times of difficult funding," and a knack
for bringing people together on important decisions. "He just believes in working
with people, making people feel good about what they're doing," she said.
Woodland is the author of several publications on higher education topics, including
college access for minority students and academic services.
"Community college is the linchpin for advancing social, economic and educational
opportunities for many of our citizens, particularly our youth and returning
adults," Woodland said.
He said Capital's campus in the former G. Fox department store in downtown Hartford
is "a wonderful facility, and I've been impressed with the students. It's a tremendous
He said his work in urban community colleges "has really served to frame my commitment
to serving the needs of adults and students who need access to post-secondary
education." Capital, he said, provides "an opportunity to transform the lives
of residents of the city and the surrounding region."
Woodland holds a bachelor's degree from Morgan State University, a master's from
Howard University in Washington and doctoral degrees from Rutgers University
and Southern California University.
Reprinted with permission of the Hartford Courant.
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