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March 21, 2023

UHart names interim president; Stanley Black & Decker CEO Allan tapped as new board chair

Stephen Mulready

The University of Hartford Tuesday announced several leadership changes, including naming an interim president and appointing New Britain-based Stanley Black & Decker CEO and President Donald Allan Jr. its new board chair.

Allan will begin his new board chair role in May, taking over for David Gordon, who served in the position for five years.

Meanwhile, Barney School of Business Dean Stephen Mulready will become interim president on July 1. 

He will replace current President Gregory Woodward, who announced in February his intentions to step down from the role, effective June 30. Woodward served as president for six years.

Kathleen Black has also been promoted from interim provost to provost.

According to an announcement posted to the university’s website, the University’s Board of Regents is currently interviewing national search firms as it plans to begin a comprehensive search for a permanent president in the near future. UHart doesn’t have a timeline on when it wants a new president.

Mulready, an alum of the West Hartford-based private university, became the interim dean of the Barney School in August 2020, and was officially named dean in April 2021. Mulready attended and graduated from the university in the 1970s and has been affiliated with UHart since 1999 when he was a member of the Board of Visitors for the Barney School.

Prior to joining UHart, the 73-year-old Mulready served as executive vice president and chief operating officer at Crum & Forster, a property and casualty company. He began his insurance career at Aetna, where he was senior vice president and business leader of national commercial accounts. He later went on to become president of Orion Specialty, an insurance company.

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