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Hudson Valley Community College Foundation Board Names New Leadership
Two new members named to board, six current members re-appointed

CONTACT: Janine Kava (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: March 2, 2007

James A. Walsh \'61
James A. Walsh '61 of Troy has been named chairman of the Board of Directors of the Hudson Valley Community College Foundation, a not-for-profit charitable corporation that philanthropically supports the college's mission.

A Construction Technology graduate, Walsh has been a board member since 1994 and had served as vice chairman for one year. A retired manager with the former Niagara-Mohawk Power Corp., Walsh is an Army veteran who is active in civic and political life, having served three terms as a Rensselaer County legislator and as deputy major to Troy Mayor Harry Tutunjian, a fellow alumnus.

In October 2006, Walsh received the college's 1953 Award for Distinguished Service to Hudson Valley Community College by an Alumnus. He has been one of the college's most visible alumni, lending his face and voice to advertisements that promote the college, and has worked with the Foundation to attract private resources to the college.

Walsh will serve a one-year term as chairman. Four other board members were appointed to leadership positions:

  • Michael C. Danieli of Watervliet, director of strategic development for the Times Union, as first vice chairman. He has been a board member since 2005.

  • William F. Fagan '73 of Troy, president of William J. Fagan & Sons Inc., as second vice chairman; he has served as chairman of the board since 1998, and has been a board member since 1994.

  • John M. Shartrand of Glenville, chief investment officer of Capital Communications Federal Credit Union Financial Services, as treasurer. He joined the board in 2006.

  • Arthur R. Veino Jr. '76 of Watervliet, a manager with Pepsi Bottling Group, as secretary. He also was re-appointed to another three-year term on the board. A graduate of the college's Electrical Engineering Technology program, Veino has served as secretary for one year, and as a board member since 1997.

The board also welcomed Robert R. Allen '63 of Saratoga Springs, president of C.T. Male Associates, P.C., and Paul Bulmer of Albany, a director of real estate and associate broker with Vanguard-Fine Retail Store Leasing, L.L.C., as new directors.

Allen is a graduate of the college's Civil Engineering Technology program, Allen joined C.T. Male in 1969. Bulmer also is the son of the late Dr. Joseph J. Bulmer, who served as the college's president from 1979 through 1996. Allen and Bulmer will serve three-year terms that run through Jan. 31, 2010.

In addition to Walsh and Veino, four other current directors were reappointed to the Foundation board and also will serve three-year terms:

  • Richard M. Amadon of Nassau, a retired Verizon executive who also serves on the college's Board of Trustees. He joined the Foundation board in 1997.

  • Antoine W. Harrison of Albany, director of technology for the Enlarged City School District of Troy. He joined the board in 2004.

  • Roy J. McDonald '67 of Stillwater, a member of the New York State Assembly. A graduate of the college's Liberal Arts and Sciences program, he joined the board in 1995.

  • Gordon N. Zuckerman '62 of Niskayuna, president of Murray and Zuckerman Inc., a nationally recognized life, health, group and annuity brokerage firm. Zuckerman holds an associate's degree in Chemistry from Hudson Valley; he joined the board in 2004.

Gifts to the Foundation from alumni, corporations and friends are used to enhance programs, facilities and scholarship opportunities at the college. In the 2005-06 academic year, philanthropic support to the college and Foundation totaled more than $1.4 million.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences, 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 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.