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Schodack Resident is New Department Chair at Hudson Valley Community College \"Photo

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Brian Vlieg
Brian Vlieg of Schodack was recently named the department chairperson for the Individual Studies, Liberal Arts and Learning Skills Department at Hudson Valley Community College.

Vlieg has been employed at the college since 1989 and has held positions in the areas of admissions, academic advising and career preparation. He was an employment readiness specialist in the School of Engineering and Industrial Technology and assistant coordinator of the school\'s Academic Advising Center. Most recently, he was an academic advisor in the School of Business.

Vlieg also has served as president of the college\'s Non-Teaching Professional bargaining unit for several years, leading the college\'s administrative professionals union in labor management and contract negotiation.

Vlieg takes over the college\'s largest academic department, which had nearly 3,500 students during the Fall 2004 semester. The department oversees students in Individual Studies and Liberal Arts and Sciences associate degree programs and students involved in academic preparation for college-level coursework.

\"We are excited to have Brian Vlieg take over this very important post at the college,\" President Andrew J. Matonak, Ed.D. said. \"His experience and hard work certainly will help guide the advisement staff and faculty.\"

\"Over the last 15 years, I\'ve had the opportunity to be involved in many facets of the college,\" said Vlieg. \"We have a great group of advisors and faculty members in the Individual Studies Department and I am excited about working with them and learning from them.\"

Vlieg holds a bachelor of arts in history from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan and a master\'s in college student personnel from The College of Saint Rose. He and his wife, Donnamarie, have three children: Alan, David and Elizabeth.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 60 degree and certificate programs in four schools: 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 12,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 60,000 alumni.