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 fifteen 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 the College’s commitment to serving the community. With the restructuring of higher education in the state of Connecticut, Dr. Levinson was appointed Vice President for the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities at the Board of Regents for Higher Education, 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, 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 currently serves as an elected commissioner on the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. (NEASC) Commission on Institutions of Higher Education and co-chairs the American Sociological Association’s Task Force on Community College Faculty. 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 University of Sociology Award Committee, and served on the American Council of Education’s Commission on Lifelong Learning.
Dr. Levinson serves on the Board of Directors of the following organizations: Connecticut Campus Compact, where he serves as Treasurer of the Executive Committee; Greater Norwalk Chamber of Commerce; Norwalk Maritime Aquarium; Norwalk Children's Foundation; U Thant Institute; 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 and 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; and the Shirley Gordon Award of Distinction from Phi Theta Kappa in 2013.
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 an M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.