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Buono Names New Coordinator of Public Safety

CONTACT: Jeff Foley or Sarah Boggess (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, March 22, 2001

Hudson Valley Community College President John L. Buono recently announced that Ronald Beliveau of Wilton, Conn. has been appointed as the college's new Coordinator of Public Safety.

Beliveau, who is currently on the job at Hudson Valley and is in the process of relocating to the Capital Region, comes to the college from the Wilton (Connecticut) Police Department, where he had served as Acting Chief, overseeing a 44-member police department. A 24-year veteran of the Wilton police department, Beliveau worked his way up through the ranks after originally signing on as a patrol officer. Over the course of his law enforcement career, Beliveau also worked as detective, sergeant and captain-executive officer.

"Ronald Beliveau is a good fit with Hudson Valley Community College," Buono said. "He's a proven leader, and I'd say his strongest asset is his ability to interact with people. Obviously, in his position, that's an important skill. Our students, faculty and staff have to feel comfortable with the Coordinator of Public Safety. Mr. Beliveau is an approachable and capable individual who will do a great job serving and protecting the people on our campus."

Beliveau earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Connecticut's University of West Haven. He also attended the F.B.I. National Academy, graduating in 1991.

Beliveau will have a wide array of responsibilities at Hudson Valley, including but not limited to: ensuring the effectiveness of the safety, security, inventory control, lock system-key control, and facilities applications on the college campus and at the Capital District Educational Opportunity Center, located in Troy; preventing and investigating suspicious activities as they may occur on the college premises; and developing a positive working relationship with Hudson Valley's students, faculty and staff to encourage their cooperation in matters related to campus safety and security.

Hudson Valley, boasting a population of more than 9,000 full- and part-time students, has a solid reputation as a safe campus. In fact, during the 1999 school year, the most recent period for which statistics are available, only one on-campus offense was reported to college officials.

Beliveau replaces Sidney Bailey, who served as the college's Coordinator of Public Safety for 11 years, until retiring in 2001.

Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy, offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions; Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, Hudson Valley has an enrollment of more than 9,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining.