Dr. Calvin E. Woodland, Interim Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Calvin E. Woodland has been named interim CEO of the University of the District of Columbia Community College. Dr. Woodland takes over leadership of the rapidly growing Community College as it begins its fourth year of operation and will serve as Interim CEO until a permanent executive is named.
Dr. Woodland has served in various higher education capacities over his career, from professor through president. Most recently, Dr. Woodland was President of Capital Community College in Hartford, Connecticut, where he oversaw initiatives to grow student enrollment and graduation rates. Dr. Woodland's involvement in national issues of higher education is impressive. He has served as a member of the American Association of Community College's Commission on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and the Commission on Academic, Student and Community Development. He has also served on the Citizens' Congressional Commission African American Education, and as a member of the Association of Community Colleges Trustees' Awards Committee that annually recommends candidates to receive ACCT's national recognition for outstanding leadership.
Dr. Woodland holds a Doctor of Psychology degree from the Southern California University for Professional Studies and a Doctor of Education from Rutgers University. He is a frequent presenter at national and regional conferences addressing such issues as developing future leaders in the community college sector, and cultural differences and their implications in teaching and counseling.
Professor Marilyn A. L. Hamilton
Marilyn Hamilton is an early care and education specialist. During her 30 year career in early childhood education, Professor Hamilton has served children and families as classroom teacher, center director, child development specialist, trainer and consultant. She is currently an instructor in the Early Childhood Education Associate of Arts degree program at the University of the District of Columbia Community College, where she also serves as the coordinator and program manager of the Early Childhood Leadership Institute (ECLI). ECLI works with community-based and Head Start Programs in the District of Columbia to help child care employees receive their Associate of Arts and Bachelor’s degrees in the field of Early Childhood Education. The students in the program are low-income, mostly minority women. From the time the students enter the program, Ms. Hamilton works closely with them, offering support and encouragement as they work through the challenges of completing remedial courses as well as courses in their majors. In 2002, Ms. Hamilton obtained funding through the federally funded Child Care Access Means Students Stay in School program to provide evening childcare for students’ children at no or little cost to the students, thus removing a significant barrier to their academic success. Ms. Hamilton’s many advocacy efforts on behalf of her students has led to the ECLI having a 96 percent graduation rate.
In 1976, Ms. Hamilton received a master’s degree in Education and Administration from Howard University and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Educational Technology at Walden University.
Professor Juanita M. Eagleson
A long-time resident of Washington, DC, and a product of the DC public school system, Professor Eagleson holds a B.A. degree from Howard University where she majored in English and minored in philosophy. For her academic scholarship at Howard, she was eventually inducted into the Gamma Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa honor society. Immediately following graduation, she joined the Peace Corps where she taught English at a teachers training college in West Cameroon, West Africa. After her service, Professor Eagleson later went on to earn her M.A. degree in journalism at the University of Michigan where she was awarded the prestigious Avery Hopwood Award for her collection of short stories. After graduation, she worked as an Information Specialist for many years in the Office of Operations Analysis and Institutional Research at Howard University as part of a small team of researchers and analysts who examined the organizational efficiencies of the university.
Following retirement from Howard University, Professor Eagleson taught at several area institutions including Morgan State University in the Center for Academic Reinforcement, and Southeastern University as department chair of Liberal Studies, teaching courses in technical writing and English composition, primarily to adult learners. At the same time, she also served as a writing consultant to several institutions engaged in the self-study process for accreditation. Coincidentally, she served as Senior Associate Director of the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM), just prior to joining UDC-CC in 2009 and becoming part of the Achieving the Dream Core Leadership Team.