University of Hartford president Gregory Woodward to take temporary leave to be with ailing wife

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University of Hartford president Gregory Woodward will take a temporary leave to be with his ailing wife, the school announced Wednesday.

Woodward’s wife, Penny, has leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, a rare complication found in some cancer patients. According to the university, her condition has worsened recently and she is receiving hospice care at home.

With Woodward away from the job, the UHart Board of Regents has appointed two co-leaders: provost Fred Sweitzer and chief operating officer Mark Boxer.

Woodward, who has served as UHart president since 2017, will return later this semester, the university said.

“I know you share my support and concern for Penny and the Woodward family during this very difficult time,” Board of Regents chair David Gordon said in a message to the UHart community. “We look forward to welcoming President Woodward back later in the semester. Please join me in sending them our collective strength, love, and prayers.”

Alex Putterman can be reached at aputterman@courant.com.

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