Dave Wolk came to the presidency of Castleton in December 2001 after intertwined careers in education and government. He has been a guidance counselor and teacher, principal of Barstow Memorial School in Chittenden, principal of Rutland High School, superintendent of schools in Rutland City, and Vermont's Commissioner of Education. He was a Vermont state senator and Governor Howard Dean's chief of policy.
At Castleton he has overseen an increased involvement by the University in the local community and an expanded commitment to civic engagement and service learning. New construction included residence halls, fitness centers, athletic facilities and the purchase and renovation of the Spartan Arena in Rutland Town, offering recreational and cultural opportunities to the broader region. In a ceremony on September 21, 2012 Castleton celebrated the completion of Project 2012 which included the 162-bed Hoff Hall, a new facilities barn, and the impressive Castleton Pavilion, the largest venue of its kind in the state.
The 2013-14 academic year provided further enhancements to the college experience including the installation of new lighted tennis courts, the renovation and expansion of Huden Dining Hall, the launch of a new institutional website. The completion of the projects resulted in a total of close to $75 million invested in university infrastructure improvements since the inauguration of the Master Plan in 2002. In conclusion of the plan, Wolk initiated the "Castleton Plan", which outlined the next ten years of Castleton's strategic planning.
President Wolk was born and grew up in Rutland. He graduated from Rutland High School and then Middlebury College with a degree in political science. He earned a master's degree in educational administration and planning at UVM and a certificate of advanced graduate study at Harvard University.