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A composer, musician, and scholar, Gregory S. Woodward is the 22nd president of Carthage College. Since taking office in August 2012, President Woodward has worked to strengthen campus-wide engagement and collaboration, fostering a college culture that values collegiality and a spirit of hospitality toward others.

In conjunction with the Office of Student Life, he created a Center for Student Success, providing a physical and virtual location for comprehensive student services and assistance. He has added a number of scholarship opportunities, with a particular focus on underrepresented groups.

President Woodward championed the creation of the internship-centered Carthage in Chicago program and the new Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, while overseeing major revisions to the Honors Program. He also oversaw the execution of a newly constructed $43 million Science Center. His vision guided the College’s collaborative formation of an ambitious strategic plan, “Carthage in the Year 2025.”

He came to Carthage from Ithaca College, where he led one of the premier undergraduate music conservatories in the country as dean of the School of Music. He joined Ithaca’s Department of Music Theory, History, and Composition as a composer in 1984, becoming a full professor in 2000.

He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from Cornell University, where he was a student of Pulitzer Prize-winning Czechoslovakian composer Karel Husa. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut and master’s degree from Ithaca College.

President Woodward was a fellow in higher education at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education and is a graduate of Harvard’s New President Institute. He previously served on the music faculty at Cornell and at Valparaiso University, and was a guest lecturer of the School of Music at Yale University.

President Woodward serves on the NAICU Committee on Policy Analysis and Public Relations, the board of directors for United Way of Kenosha County, and was Kenosha’s 2012 honorary United Way campaign chair. He is a member of the Kenosha Unified School District Community Partners’ Alliance and the Kenosha County Strategic Visioning Process task force. Additionally, he serves on the boards at the Kenosha Area Business Alliance, the Three Harbors Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha, and The Prairie School in Wind Point, Wisconsin.

President Woodward is married to Penelope, a decorated public school music teacher, and has three adult children.