Gregory Middleton Named as University Director of Horizons Enrichment Program
Gregory A. Middleton recently joined Sacred Heart University as director of its Horizons Enrichment Program. In this role he is overseeing all local Horizons staff, programs, training, community outreach, budgets and fundraising and serves as liaison with the national Horizons Enrichment Program. Horizons is an educational outreach organization working with kindergarten to grade 12 students from low-income families. Sacred Heart’s inaugural program will bring 32 low-income students entering first and second grade from Bridgeport Public and Cathedral Education Cluster schools to campus for six weeks this summer. The hope is that these students, many of whom are the first in their families to step onto a college campus, will be inspired by their summer days at Sacred Heart to set high goals for their education.
“Horizons partners with public schools to serve K-12 students with a broad range of academic abilities in a six-week, full-day educational enrichment summer session,” Middleton said. “We challenge them academically, socially and physically and inspire them to become lifelong learners. Students make enormous gains in academics and confidence and return to their schools better prepared for the year ahead.”
Middleton recently served as a clubhouse director for the Boys Club of New York, in Manhattan, where he managed 50 full- and part-time employees, overseeing educational, social, arts and athletics programs and a $1.5 million annual budget. He also served as camp director and as an educator. Prior to that role, he was assistant principal for The Mamaroneck Avenue School in White Plains, NY, and assistant principal at The Murray Avenue School in Larchmont. Before taking on administrative roles, he taught elementary education.
Middleton earned his master’s degree in education and his bachelor’s degree in urban studies from Fordham University. He also attended the Harvard University Graduate School of Education New and Aspiring School Leaders Institute and earned a professional diploma in School District Administration from The College of New Rochelle, NY.
He decided to apply for the Horizons job after visiting the campus with his Godson – a prospective student. A trip to SHU’s website led him to the job posting, which sounded appealing.
“My first priority when I arrived was to get to know the surroundings and the people I would be working with,” Middleton said. “After that, my biggest priority was completing the selection process for the 32 kindergarteners and first-graders who will make up the inaugural classes. We now are working on the specifics of the day-to-day program, and all of us are looking forward to this exciting educational opportunity.”
Middleton resides in Bethel, Conn.