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, received a $12.1 million Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCT) Health and Life Sciences Career Initiative grant, and was selected by MDC, Inc. as one of fifteen community colleges nationwide to receive funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for a developmental education project. NCC was awarded the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s Community Engagement Classification on the basis of the College’s extensive service to Fairfield County. Jobs for the Future and Achieving the Dream selected NCC and the Connecticut Board of Regents as one of three national sites for a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Regional Collaborative that is funded by the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust. With the 2011 restructuring of higher education in the state of Connecticut, Dr. Levinson was appointed Vice President for Community Colleges, Connecticut State Colleges and Universities in addition to his presidency.
Dr. Levinson is the general editor of Education and Sociology: An Encyclopedia, (RoutledgeFalmer, 2002) and author of Community Colleges: A Reference Handbook, (ABC-CLIO, 2005). Recently he co-edited a thematic issue of The American Sociologist “Sociology in Community Colleges” (Volume 44, Number 4, December 2013) where he published an article on community colleges and public sociology. Additional articles and reviews have appeared in The American Prospect, 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 co-chairs the American Sociological Association’s Task Force on Community College Faculty. He also serves as an elected commissioner on the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. (NEASC) Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. Previously he was elected to the Society for the Study of Social Problem's Budget, Finance and Audit Committee, which he chaired from 2011-2012, appointed to the American Sociological Association’s Public Sociology Award Committee, and served on the American Council of Education’s Commission on Lifelong Learning.
Dr. Levinson was honored by Phi Theta Kappa with the Shirley Gordon Award of Distinction in 2013. He also received the Strengthening Families Award from the Family and Children’s Agency 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, and the Elizabeth Roberts Award for Excellence in Furthering the United Way’s Work in Education from the United Way of Coastal Fairfield County in 2014.
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, Columbia University; and Tufts University.
Dr. Levinson holds a B.A. in Sociology from the State University of New York at New Paltz, and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.