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Troy Resident Named Interim Automotive & Industrial Technologies Department Chairperson

CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, June 17, 2002

Phillip White of Troy was recently named department chairperson for the Automotive & Industrial Technologies department at Hudson Valley Community College. White will oversee all of the college's automotive programs as well as Electrical Engineering Technology, Industrial Technology, Manufacturing Technical Systems, Mechanical Engineering and the Telecommunications programs.

In his new position, White will oversee curriculum development, faculty hiring and academic advisement for the college's Automotive & Industrial Technologies department. He will serve Hudson Valley in this role until June 1, 2003.

White began working at Hudson Valley in 1995 as an automotive instructor. Prior to becoming department chairperson, he served as coordinator of the Telecommunications Technology – Verizon program at the college.

White, who received a bachelor's degree in Science Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, is currently pursuing a master's degree. He is a member of the Automotive Service Industry Association's executive committee, and he has served as an instructor and district committee chairman for I-CAR, a technical training organization that focuses on helping the collision repair industry achieve a high level of technical training, since 1995.

Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 50 degree and certification programs in four academic divisions: Liberal Arts and Sciences; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Business; as well as programs run through the Educational Opportunity Center offering certification programs in workforce and academic preparation. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 9,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining.