President Matonak, known simply as Drew on campus and in the community, became president of Hudson Valley on April 18, 2005. Drew's 13-year tenure at Hudson Valley Community College is marked by impressive growth and innovation in academic programming and student services, as well as the striking transformation of the college's 120-acre campus.
Under his leadership, the college added 25 new degree and certificate programs, such as Biotechnology, Cybersecurity, Digital Media, Entrepreneurship, Mechatronics and Surgical Technology and greatly expanded the College in the High School program, career training and online offerings. He also introduced a wide variety of new student support services, including the Center for Academic Engagement, Marvin Library Learning Commons, Wellness Center and free CDTA transportation.
Drew guided a $200 million facilities master plan that dramatically improved the college, including the construction of the $47.4m Science Center; $13.5m Training and Education Center for Semiconductor Manufacturing and Alternative and Renewable Technologies (TEC-SMART) in Malta; $9.4m Administration Building; as well as the $4.5m parking garage and $4.5m Outdoor Athletic Complex. He also successfully completed the college's first comprehensive fundraising campaign, the $10m "Promise of Our Region" campaign.
In our greater community, Drew has served a wide variety of charitable, community, educational and economic development organizations, including the Capital Region Chamber, Center for Economic Growth, Economic Development Council, Saratoga Economic Development Corporation, Sponsor-a-Scholar and Troy 2020, to name only a few.
The new $14.5 million, 37,000-square-foot Gene F. Haas Center for Advanced Manufacturing Skills (CAMS) is planned to be completed in summer 2019. The center will increase training opportunities for students in Advanced Manufacturing Technology and double the program's enrollment, addressing a critical shortage of skilled manufacturing workers.
The building will contain:
Through partnership with local industry and private foundation support, Hudson Valley is well positioned to construct the largest advanced manufacturing training center of its kind in the United States. Sponsors of this event will help fund the expansion of facilities and purchase of equipment.
Please join us as we pay tribute to President Matonak and support his vision for advanced manufacturing at Hudson Valley.