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Joel Fatato of Colonie Promoted to Vice President of Finance at Hudson Valley Community College

CONTACT: Lisa Roche (518) 629-8063 or Sarah Boggess (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, September 18, 2000

"Throughout nearly 30 years of faithful service to the College, Joel has demonstrated his dedication, intelligence, and financial acumen," said Hudson Valley Community College President John L. Buono. "He has done a wonderful job managing the finances of this institution."

Fatato, a Hudson Valley alumnus, graduated from the college in 1971 with an associate's degree in Accounting. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree at Empire State College in 1978 and a Masters in Educational Administration from SUNY Albany in 1982. Fatato has held the positions of Account Clerk, Financial Analyst, Assistant Comptroller and Comptroller, prior to being promoted to the position of Chief Fiscal Officer in 1984.

Fatato is responsible for the supervision and work areas of the college's operating and capital budgets: Accounting, Payroll, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Cashiering, Investments, Purchasing, and Central Services. The college's operating budget totals $62 million. Fatato supervises a total of 40 professional and clerical staff. He also is a member of the President Buono's senior staff.

"I am honored by this upgrade and the confidence that the president has in me," Fatato said. Fatato also said that he was very thankful to his professional and clerical staff and their dedication and service to his office and Hudson Valley students.

Fatato received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service in 1993, the highest award for professional service in the State University system. He also is a graduate of the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce Capital Leadership Program.

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. It has an enrollment of more than 9,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training.