Capital Community College names new president

Capital Community College in Hartford has turned to one of its sister colleges to find its new president.

Wilfredo Nieves, president of Middlesex Community College in Middletown, will become Capital’s new president at the end of the school year, the Connecticut Community Colleges system announced Wednesday.

Nieves, 61, will replace Calvin Woodland, who is retiring after five years at the two-year college in downtown Hartford.

Nieves has been president at Middlesex since 2000. He will begin making the transition to Capital with a series of meetings with faculty, staff and students and will assume duties officially in July, officials said.

Middlesex will name an interim president and conduct a search for Nieves’ successor, said Mary Anne Cox, assistant chancellor for the Connecticut Community Colleges system.

Nieves has worked in community colleges for more than three decades, starting his career as an adjunct professor at Essex County College in Newark, New Jersey in 1974. He later worked as an administrator at Essex County College and was vice president of Baltimore City Community College in Maryland from 1995 to 2000.