The college's Board of Trustees appointed Popovics, who most recently served as vice president for enrollment management at Saint Joseph's College of Maine, at its meeting yesterday. He will join Hudson Valley Community College on Monday, April 24.
"I am very pleased that Dr. Popovics will be joining the college and my senior management team. He is very student-centered, and brings a wealth of experience and leadership to our enrollment management and student development efforts," Hudson Valley President Andrew J. Matonak, Ed.D. said.
As vice president for enrollment management and student development, Popovics will lead the college's efforts to develop a comprehensive enrollment management plan, in addition to overseeing all of the college's student services, including admissions, registration, intercollegiate athletics, disabled student services and the Center for Careers and Employment. He also will serve as president of the board of the college's Faculty Student Association, which operates auxiliary services, including food service and a day care center, for the college.
This new position replaces the college's vice president for student services post, and was created in response to the need for the college to take a comprehensive approach to enrollment, which drives all aspects of the college's operations, including budgeting, academic program development and strategic planning. Louis B. Coplin II, who has served as interim vice president for student services since November 2003, will return to his position of director of student life at the college.
"I am very appreciative of the work that Louis Coplin has done on an interim basis, and he will continue to be a valuable asset to Hudson Valley Community College when he returns to the role of director of student life," Matonak said.
Popovics had been vice president for enrollment management at Saint Joseph's College of Maine, a private, liberal arts college that has an enrollment of approximately 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students, since 2001. The college is located in Standish, 18 miles northwest of Portland.
Prior to that, he held the same title at Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for five years. He also served as president of Presentation College in Aberdeen, S.D., and vice president for planning and enrollment management at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, Wisc. He also has experience in institutional research, planning and academic testing.
"I look forward to being a member of the learning community of one of the finest community colleges in the nation," Popovics said of Hudson Valley. "Its faculty and staff are exemplary. The students I met were excited about the opportunities they were experiencing at Hudson Valley Community College, and I, too, am excited about all the college has to offer to the Capital District community."
He holds a doctorate of education in educational leadership, policy, planning and administration from Boston University. He also has a master's degree in educational research from Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, Conn., and a bachelor's degree in psychology from St. John Fisher College in Rochester. Popovics and his wife, Joanne, a teacher assistant at a pre-school in Maine, have three daughters.
Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 60 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and workforce and academic preparation programs offered through the Educational Opportunity Center. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 12,000 students, and it is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has more than 60,000 alumni.