A June 4th retirement dinner brought together colleagues, students, family members, foundation members, trustees and officials to praise and recognize President Calvin E. Woodland for 40 years in higher education, most of the them in service to community colleges.
Dr. Woodland, who became Capital’s fourth President in 2005, will retire June 30th to be succeeded by Dr. Wilfredo Nieves, the current President of Middlesex Community College in Middleton.
Mary Ann Affleck, the College’s Dean of Academic Affairs, introduced speakers including CT Community College Chancellor Marc Herzog, Trustee Bill McGurk, Dr. Steve Minkler, Dean of Academic Affairs at Northwestern Community College and former Director of Capital’s Communication Media program; Tom Phillips, President/CEO of Capital Workforce Partners; Hassan Young, representing students, and; Dr. Carolyn Boulware, President Woodland’s sister. The Rev. Gary Miller of Asylum Hill Congregational Church and a member of the College’s Foundation board led the invocation and Kai Renee Boulware, President Woodland’s niece pictured in the top right photo, provided a classic selection on the keyboard. Snapshot!, a barber shop quartet, serenaded President Woodland and his family as part of the program. President Woodland was presented with a proclamation from the City by Mayor Eddie Perez.
Contributions from dinner attendees and contributors will be used to provide scholarships in honor of President Woodland. Contributions may be made to Capital Community College Foundation, 950 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103.
Photography provided by Riley Johnson