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Karen Nash Receives Chancellor's Award

CONTACT: Judith White (518) 629-8063 or Sarah Boggess (518) 629-8071

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, May 28, 2002

Image of Karen NashKaren H. Nash of Glenmont, associate professor and chairperson of the Human Services department at Hudson Valley Community College, was honored recently with the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service. The award was presented on May 9 in a ceremony at the college.

Instituted in 1972 by the State University of New York, the Chancellor's Award recognizes exceptional contributions to the university by dedicated professionals. No higher honor can be accorded a faculty member or administrator. Since its inception, 73 faculty and staff members from Hudson Valley Community College have been given the Chancellor's Award.

Nash joined the Human Services department at Hudson Valley in 1991 as project director Social Services Education program and was appointed as department chair in 1993. During her tenure the department has added the Chemical Dependency Counseling program, the Child Care Worker Certificate program, and American Sign Language courses. She became a role model for other department chairs, according to nomination material, and has gone far beyond her job description, becoming a mentor for new department chairs.

Nash received her bachelor's degree in sociology from SUNY at Cortland and her master's degree in social work from the University at Albany. She has served as the president of the Board of Directors of the Mental Health Association of Albany County, president and treasurer of the New York State Human Services Educators Association, and is active in the Mid-Atlantic Consortium of Human Services.

Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy, offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 10,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training.