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Contact: Janine Kava (518) 629-8071 or (518) 248-4555 – cell
For Immediate Release: Friday, Oct. 6, 2006

Statement by State Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno

Dr. Joseph J. Bulmer
It is with great sadness that I inform the campus community that Dr. Joseph J. Bulmer, the third president of Hudson Valley Community College, died this morning. He was 76. During his 17-year tenure from 1979 through 1996, the college experienced tremendous growth and earned its reputation as a nationally recognized leader in two-year education.

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:

  • The completion of Fitzgibbons Hall, the acquisition of the former seminary now known as the Hy Rosenblum Administration Center, and the construction of the Cogan Wing, the McDonough Sports Complex and the building that went on to bear his name – the Bulmer Telecommunications Center.

  • The creation of programs that foster professional growth, student diversity, access and achievement, including the Center for Effective Teaching, the Academic Senate, the Viking Child Care Center and the Disability Resource Center.

  • The integration of technology into all aspects of campus life. When Bulmer assumed the presidency in 1979, the college had one computer lab with about 20 Commodore computers. Upon his departure in 1996, Hudson Valley was home to more than 1,400 PCs. Today, that number stands at 2,600.

  • The creation of the college's Faculty Honors Convocation and the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching, which allow the college to celebrate the achievements of its best and brightest educators.

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.

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