Regent Norwood

Wade S. Norwood | Members at Large
At Large

74 Appleton Street
Rochester, NY 14611
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Regent Norwood is the Chief Program Officer for the Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency (FLHSA).   The FLHSA is a not-for-profit community health planning agency that promotes public health in the Finger Lakes region through research, advocacy and community engagement. 

With the support of community leaders, health care providers, consumers, insurers and government, the FLHSA has a strong record of service aimed toward ensuring accessible, affordable and high quality healthcare for the entire population of the region.

Mr. Norwood is responsible for providing the strategic leadership that integrates FLHSA’s clinical, public health, prevention and health promotion programs; improves the agency’s processes and programs; and builds partnerships with other regional organizations. 

He also works to support the on-going community and consumer engagement structures, like the FLHSA’s African American and Latino Health Coalitions, through which regional health planning informs, and is informed by, multi-stakeholder collaboration.

While serving in this capacity, Mr. Norwood has continued his thirty year record of community service that included membership on the Rochester City Council, the Buffalo Fiscal Stability Authority (commonly known as the City of Buffalo’s Control Board) and the state’s Committee on Open Government. 

Currently, Mr. Norwood serves as an at-large member of New York State’s Board of Regents, which presides over both the New York State Education Department and the University of the State of New York, the nation's most comprehensive and unified educational system.  The Regents are responsible for all elementary, secondary, and postsecondary educational institutions, libraries, museums, public broadcasting, records and archives, the licensed professions, and vocational and educational services for individuals with disabilities.

Mr. Norwood is a native Rochesterian and a graduate of the University of Rochester (B.S. Political Science).   He lives with his wife, Lisa Hardy Norwood, and their two children, in the Rochester’s 19th Ward neighborhood. 

Lisa Norwood serves as the Assistant Dean in the University of Rochester’s Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and as the Director of the Women in Science and Engineering Program (UR WISE), a program aimed at supporting the participation of women in scientific, engineering, and quantitative disciplines at all levels.  

Their son, Stephen Christopher, a professional musician, is also an alumnus of the University of Rochester; their daughter, Julia, is a high school student at The Harley School.

Last Updated: October 27, 2014