NEW BRITAIN - Central Connecticut State University President Emeritus Richard L. Judd has been selected to receive a top education award from Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society in education.
Kappa Delta Pi will present Judd with its Dr. William C. Bagley Award for Leadership Excellence at its annual convocation from Oct. 24 to 26 in Norfolk, Virginia.
The Bagley Award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated a sustained effort in leadership excellence within Kappa Delta Pi and the education profession.
Judd’s service to CCSU dates back more than 40 years.
He graduated from CCSU in 1959, and after a short stint as a graduate assistant at Ohio State University, he returned in 1964 to serve as the director of the Student Center.
In 1970 he became the dean of Student Affairs until 1980, when he took on the role of executive dean for Institutional Advancement and University Affairs.
He worked in this role until 1992 when he became the vice president for University Affairs.
In 1996, Judd began his tenure as president of CCSU, which he hails as the most significant chapter of his career.
“It allowed me to lead, and it allowed me to work with students,” Judd said.
During his time as president, Judd reshaped the campus into what it is today by adding a few new buildings including a parking garage, moving all utilities underground, and creating the mall in the center of campus.
“It needed a lot of work when I became president,” Judd said. “The campus is a lot better for everyone, it’s a place for students to call home.”
In addition to improving the university for students and educators, Judd also found it vital to make efforts to improve the New Britain community.
During his tenure as president, Judd served as chairman of the New Britain Museum of American Art, president of CCARC, chairman of the police board, and board member for the New Britain Symphony Orchestra.
“All of those organizations are vital to the community and I wanted the university to be involved,” Judd said.
To this day Judd remains involved in the community and at CCSU.
Judd teaches EMS courses for the professional and volunteer organizations that he helped start, and still serves on the board of directors for the orchestra.
In fact, CT EMS named its Excellence of Lifetime Service award after Judd in recognition of his leadership in EMS education.
He currently sits on the boards of directors of the International Council for Middle East Studies in Washington, D.C., and the International Center for Contemporary Middle East Studies in Cyprus.
Judd also still teaches a course in philanthropy at CCSU where the final project involves students working in teams to come up with strategies that award two $5,000 grants to local charities.
“I think it’s part of my desire to serve,” Judd said.
The organization honoring Judd with this award has a lot to thank him for as well.
Judd has served as Kappa Delta Pi president; counselor of the KDP Chapter at CCSU, and chair of the Internal Audit Committee and Strategic Planning Committee.
Judd also helped found the KDP Foundation, which has become the organization’s fundraising arm. Judd served as the inaugural president of the KDP Foundation Board.
“KDP is an extraordinary organization, it opens its doors to students of education and, if you’re willing, provides one with extraordinary opportunities to serve,” Judd said.