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Sullivan Honored With SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, June 5, 2003

Kathryn Sullivan of Albany, a faculty member of the Criminal Justice department at Hudson Valley Community College for more than 20 years, recently was honored with the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.

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, 78 faculty and staff members from Hudson Valley Community College have been given the Chancellor's Award.

Professor Sullivan joined the Criminal Justice faculty at Hudson Valley Community College in 1982. During her tenure at the college, she has taught a variety of courses for the department, including "Correctional Services" and "Introduction to Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice." She also has been active in creating distance learning curricula for her department. Sullivan served as interim chairperson for the department in 1990 and has served on the college's Academic Senate. She previously was awarded Hudson Valley's President's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2001.

"Kathryn Sullivan challenges students' preconceived notions of the criminal justice system, including treatment of offenders and victims. All points of view are discussed and Kathryn handles them in a thoughtful manner," said Dr. Ann Geisendorfer, chairperson of the Criminal Justice department.

"Professor Sullivan had the reputation for being a brilliant criminologist who was demanding but fair,' said one former student. "Through many moments when I was indecisive about remaining in school, Professor Sullivan provided mentoring outside the classroom, and, in effect, encouraged me to stay in college."

Sullivan received her bachelor's degree from the University of South Florida and her master's degree in criminal justice from Northeastern University.

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 11,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training.