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Dr. Margaret Geehan is Named Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Health Science at Hudson Valley Community College \"Photo

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Nov. 7, 2007

Dr. Margaret Geehan
Dr. Margaret Geehan of Petersburgh has been named the Dean of Liberal Arts and Science and Health Science at Hudson Valley Community College.

As dean of two of the college’s four academic divisions, Geehan will oversee 36 programs. This fall, there are more than 700 students in Health Science programs and more than 5,500 in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, which offers academic degrees as diverse as Gallery Management, Criminal Justice and Biotechnology. The college’s Board of Trustees approved Geehan’s appointment at its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, Oct. 25.

Geehan has been at the college since 1997, as an adjunct instructor in the English department, and most recently served as assistant to the vice president for academic affairs. In that position, she was the college’s academic liaison with the State University of New York Central Administration and the State Education Department. She also worked with academic departments on the development and implementation of program assessment plans, assisted with the development and implementation of General Education assessment, facilitated the five-year departmental review process, served as liaison between Academic Affairs and the Center for Counseling and Transfer in the development of transfer agreements, and provided oversight for the college’s Public Training Programs. She also served as program coordinator for the college’s Verizon Next Step program and in several other academic support and advisement roles.

Her goals include maintaining the high academic quality of the college’s Liberal Arts and Sciences and Health Sciences programs; supporting the college’s mission, goals, and objectives; and promoting existing and new programs across the division, including the new Liberal Arts and Science Honors program, which will begin Fall 2008.

Geehan holds a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction and a master’s degree teaching English, both from the University at Albany. She has a bachelor’s in French language and culture from SUNY New Paltz and an associate’s degree in fashion merchandising from the Fashion Institute of Technology.

She replaces Dean Vivian Tortorici who taught and served as an administrator at the college for 23 years.

Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 associate’s degree and certificate programs in four schools: 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 12,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 60,000 alumni.