NCC President Levinson set to receive excellence award

David L. Levinson

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NORWALK, Conn. (March 5, 2018):  David L. Levinson, Ph.D., President of Norwalk Community College and Vice President for the Community Colleges, Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU), will be awarded the 2018 Connecticut Higher Education Excellence Award from the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) at a ceremony at the Connecticut State Capitol in Hartford on April 24, 2018.

Since 2003, NEBHE has presented Excellence Awards to individuals and organizations for exemplifying, through their work, excellence in promoting sound education practices and policies, efficient sharing of education resources, and leadership to strengthen the relationship between higher education and the economic well-being of New England.

President Levinson is a visionary educator, author and scholar. Under his leadership, Norwalk Community College has made national headlines for spearheading initiatives to boost student success, align curricula with workforce needs, and revitalize Connecticut’s economy.

In 2014, Dr. Levinson was instrumental in launching the Norwalk Early College Academy (NECA) in partnership with IBM and the Norwalk Public Schools. The state’s first Pathways to Technology High School, NECA enables students to graduate with both a high school diploma and tuition-free Associate degree within six years.

Dr. Levinson has helped create seamless pathways from high school to college to career, and has led more than 100 educational partnerships that position students for success and enrich the community. Last year, he was invited to The White House in Washington, D.C. to accept an award honoring NCC as a winner of the White House Healthy Campus Challenge.

“Congratulations to NCC President David L. Levinson on being honored by the New England Board of Higher Education,” said CSCU President Mark E. Ojakian. “Dr. Levinson is highly respected by students and faculty, and both the community college system and the state have benefited from his forward-thinking initiatives and determination to help all students succeed.”

The New England Board of Higher Education promotes greater educational opportunities and services for New England residents. NEBHE works across six New England states to encourage and assist leaders in the assessment, development and implementation of sound education practices and policies; and promote programs and best practices to assist the states in implementing important regional higher education policies. NEBHE was founded in 1955, when six visionary New England governors—realizing that the future prosperity of New England rested on higher education—committed their states to the shared pursuit of academic excellence.

Biography of David L. Levinson, Ph.D.


Dr. David L. Levinson has been president of Norwalk Community College (NCC) in Norwalk, Connecticut since August 2004. During his presidency, NCC completed a successful capital campaign for a new Science, Health and Wellness Center, became an Achieving the Dream Leader College, and was selected by MDC, Inc. as one of 15 community colleges nationwide to receive funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for a developmental education project.

NCC is a recipient of Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s 2010 Community Engagement Classification on the basis of its commitment to serving those in need throughout Southwestern Connecticut. NCC was selected as one of only three community colleges in the nation to lead a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Regional Collaborative with funding assistance from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust.

With the restructuring of higher education in the state of Connecticut, Dr. Levinson was appointed Vice President of Community Colleges for the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities, in addition to his presidency at NCC.

Dr. Levinson is the general editor of Education and Sociology: An Encyclopedia, published by RoutledgeFalmer in 2002 and author of Community Colleges: A Reference Handbook, published by ABC-CLIO, 2005.  His articles and reviews have appeared in The American Prospect, The American Sociologist, Community College Journal of Research and Practice, Community College Week, American Journal of Sociology, and Contemporary Sociology.  He has given numerous presentations on educational issues at the annual meetings of the American Association of Community Colleges, American Council on Education, American Educational Research Association, American Sociological Association, League for Innovation in the Community College, and Society for the Study of Social Problems.

Dr. Levinson served as an elected commissioner on the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. (NEASC) Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, and co-chaired the American Sociological Association’s Task Force on Community College Faculty.  Previously he was elected to the Society for the Study of Social Problems’ Budget, Finance and Audit Committee, which he chaired from 2011-2012. He was appointed to the American Sociological Association’s Public University of Sociology Award Committee,  and served on the American Council of Education’s Commission on Lifelong Learning.

Dr. Levinson is on the Board of Directors of the following organizations: Connecticut Campus Compact, Connecticut Students for a Dream, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation, Horizons at NCC, Greater Norwalk Chamber of Commerce, Norwalk Housing Authority Choice Neighborhood Initiative (Chair), and the Workplace, Inc., southwestern Connecticut’s Workforce Investment Board (WIB).  He serves on advisory boards to the Family and Children’s Agency of Greater Norwalk, Future 5, Norwalk ACTS and The Norwalk Maritime Aquarium.

Dr. Levinson is the recipient of the following awards:  Strengthening Families Award from The Family and Children’s Agency of Greater Norwalk in 2008, Distinguished Leader Award from the Voluntary Action Center of Mid-Fairfield County in 2009, Stepping Up for Children Award from Stepping Stones Museum for Children in 2012,  Shirley Gordon Award of Distinction from Phi Theta Kappa in 2013, Elizabeth Roberts Award For Excellence in Furthering United Way’s Education Work in 2014,  Laurel House Norwalk/Stamford Town Champion Award in recognition of advocacy for accessible and affordable higher education for those with mental health challenges in 2016, and the Friend of CONNTAC (Connecticut Talent Assistance Cooperative) Award in 2016.

The recipient of a Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Dr. Levinson has also taught at: Bergen Community College, Merrimack College, Norwalk Community College, Teachers College of Columbia University, and Tufts University.

Dr. Levinson holds a B.A. in Sociology from the State University of New York at New Paltz, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.



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