Dear CSCU Community,
I am writing to share the news that on June 30, 2019, David L. Levinson, Ph.D. will be retiring from his positions as President of Norwalk Community College (NCC) and Vice President of Community Colleges for the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU). Dr. Levinson will preside over the college’s commencement ceremony on May 21, 2019.
I have asked Dr. Levinson to stay for an additional year to support ongoing system efforts. Dr. Levinson will serve as Presidential Fellow from July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020, contributing to CSCU’s Students First initiatives. Dr. Levinson has been an exemplary leader at Norwalk for the past fifteen years and served a critical role in the CSCU system since its formation in 2011. I am pleased he will be staying on to help implement our critical student success efforts.
In particular, his responsibilities will include:
- mentoring regional presidents and CEOS so that they are equipped to assume leadership roles in change management;
- identifying resources that can be leveraged to support Students First;
- contributing to curriculum development and reform efforts;
- collaborating with the Director of Research and System Effectiveness and other key staff to develop and implement a data infrastructure to support involvement in Achieving the Dream; and,
- assuring that all components of the Student First implementation plan align with NECHE accreditation standards.
I have selected Cheryl DeVonish, Esq. to serve as the Interim Campus Chief Executive Officer with responsibility for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the campus beginning July 1, 2019. Cheryl has over 14 years of public service experience and is currently serving as NCC’s Chief Operating Officer. Prior to serving as the COO, Cheryl was NCC’s Chief Diversity & Equity Officer & Special Advisor to President Levinson.
Cheryl attended Spelman College, and subsequently transferred to Binghamton University, where she earned a B.A. Psychology. In 2003 Cheryl received her Juris Doctorate from Albany Law School and is admitted to practice law in Connecticut and New York. Cheryl has served as an adjunct faculty at Norwalk, is a member of the George Crawford Bar Association, and also serves on the Family & Children’s Agency Board of Directors.
I look forward to working with everyone at Norwalk Community College to promote a smooth leadership transition and ensure NCC continues its important work on behalf of students.
Mark E. Ojakian
President, Connecticut State Colleges & Universities