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Hudson Valley Community College Board of Trustees Appoints Presidential Search Advisory Committee

CONTACT: Janine Kava (518) 629-8071 or (518) 629-8085
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, December 19, 2003

Hudson Valley Community College has taken a key step in the search for a permanent replacement for outgoing President John L. Buono with the appointment of a 21-member Presidential Search Advisory Committee.

The committee members, who represent faculty, staff, alumni, the community and the student body, were appointed by the college's Board of Trustees at its regular monthly meeting on Thursday.

The composition of the committee is based on State University of New York guidelines established for presidential searches for community colleges. Conrad H. Lang Jr., vice chairman of the Board of Trustees, and Andrew Schott, an instructor in the History, Philosophy and Social Sciences Department, will serve as the committee's co-chairs.

"The search for a new president is the most important task the board will undertake this coming year," Board of Trustees Chairman Dr. Robert H. Hill II said. "I am confident that we have selected qualified and dedicated people to comprise our Search Advisory Committee. The committee will be instrumental in helping us find the most appropriate candidates, one of whom will become our college president and lead Hudson Valley."

In addition to Lang and Schott, the committee members are: William F. Fagan, Class of '73 and president of the Hudson Valley Community College Foundation; Donald E. Fane, board member; Esther Flynn, board member; Kathleen A. Fomuk, a senior stenographer, medical imaging, and president of the college's Non-Instructional Employees Union; Sandra Galligan, an associate professor of nursing; Dr. Alden P. Gaudreau, an assistant professor of civil engineering, construction, mechanical engineering and industrial technologies; Dr. Ann B. Geisendorfer, assistant professor and department chair of the Criminal Justice Department; and John Hedley, developer, Hedley Park Place of Troy, Ltd.

Also, Dr. Joseph A. Kapp, board member; James J. LaGatta, deputy to the president who will become acting vice president for administration effective Jan. 1, 2004; James E. Monahan, a pharmacist and Rensselaer County Legislator; Mary Theresa Pennisi, a professor of Business Administration and president of the Faculty Association; George J. Raneri, secretary to the board, and Lorraine O. Schindler, board member.

Also, Joan Shack, chair of the Academic Senate and a mathematics professor; Richard J. Spence, coordinator of student services at the Capital District Educational Opportunity Center; Vivian A. Tortorici, dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences and School of Health Sciences and English professor; Brian S. Vlieg, an employment readiness specialist and president of the Non-Teaching Professionals Association; and Paul J. Zostant, an individual studies student from the Class of 2005.

The committee's first task will be to interview, and choose, a professional search consulting firm that will work with its members to refine a presidential profile/job description and advertise for candidates, Hill said.

Once identified, candidates for the post will be interviewed throughout the summer of 2004; the Board of Trustees is scheduled to choose a new president by December 2004, he added.

Buono announced in September that he would be retiring on December 31, 2003, from the post he has held for five years. The college's vice president for administration, Dr. Marco J. Silvestri, will serve as interim president beginning January 1, 2004; he has expressed to the board that he will not be a candidate for the permanent presidency.

Founded in 1953, 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 11,000 students, and it is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has graduated more than 55,000 students.