The thoughts and prayers of the entire Hudson Valley community are with Dr. Bulmer's family, friends and former colleagues today. Hudson Valley Community College is the strong institution it is today due, in large part, to Dr. Bulmer's commitment to academics, his focus on technology and his commitment to partnerships and his skills as a visionary leader. His impact on this institution will never be forgotten.
The accomplishments during his tenure were many, including:
A native of South Troy and graduate of the La Salle Institute, Dr. Bulmer received his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and his master's degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Michigan. He then returned to Rensselaer to earn his doctorate in nuclear engineering.
Prior to being named Hudson Valley president, Bulmer had a distinguished career in the private sector and as an educator. During his 24-year tenure at the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory, he served as an adjunct faculty member at Union College and RPI for nearly two decades.
He served as director of the American Board of Engineering Technologies, serving as co-chair of a committee charged with establishing standards for the inclusion of humanities and social sciences into technology programs. He also was responsible for the creation and management of the Naval Nuclear Power Engineering School.
He was selected as the college's third president in 1979 because of his extensive academic background, coupled with his strong administrative and management skills.
After Dr. Bulmer retired from Hudson Valley Community College in 1996, he didn't stop working. On four separate occasions, the State University of New York sought his talents and asked him to assume the interim presidencies at Sullivan, Clinton, Onondaga and Fulton-Montgomery community colleges.Calling hours for Dr. Bulmer will be held from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 9, at the New Comer-Cannon Family Funeral Home, 343 New Karner Road, Colonie. The funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, at Sacred Heart Church in Troy. Obituary and guest book
Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Community Hospice of Saratoga County, 179 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866; the Dr. Joseph J. Bulmer Scholarship Fund, c/o The Hudson Valley Community College Foundation, 80 Vandenburgh Ave., Troy, NY 12180, or the charity of their choice.
Contact: John McArdle, Mark Hansen (518) 455-2264
Kris Thompson (518) 455-3191
For Release: Immediate, Friday, Oct. 6, 2006
Statement by State Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno
I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Joseph J. Bulmer. He was a good friend and an outstanding leader and educator who helped grow Hudson Valley Community College into one of the premier community colleges in the entire nation.
Dr. Bulmer's life was marked by many achievements, most of which were dedicated towards providing a comprehensive education for all HVCC students. His creation of innovative programs, including the Academic Senate, along with extensions to the campus, such as the Telecommunications Center, helped make Hudson Valley a preeminent school.
Joseph Bulmer was an extraordinary individual and the entire Capital Region, especially the HVCC community, will mourn his loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.