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Dr. Carolyn Curtis Named New Academic Vice President at Hudson Valley

CONTACT: Sarah Boggess or Eric Bryant (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, June 14, 2000

Dr. Carolyn Curtis, an academician with a wide range of classroom and curriculum development experience, has been named Vice President for Academic Affairs at Hudson Valley Community College, President John Buono announced today.

"We are extremely pleased that Carolyn Curtis will be joining us at Hudson Valley Community College," Buono said. "Her credentials and background are exemplary and diverse. We were particularly impressed with her experience in working with business and industry to develop new academic programming. I am committed to making this college a national model in defining and responding to our community's rapidly changing needs. She is sure to bring positive new ideas and enthusiasm to the college."

Dr. Curtis most recently served as Dean of Academic Services at SUNY Rockland Community College. At Rockland, she was responsible for the management and supervision of all academic services at the college. Previously, Curtis spent much of her academic career at Naugatuck Valley Community-Technical College, part of the state of Connecticut's community college system. She worked in several administrative posts and also served as a professor in the school's Psychology department. Curtis served as coordinator of the Learning Disabilities Program, coordinator of the Placement office and also oversaw outcomes testing, institutional research and accreditation efforts. Prior to leaving the college, she was responsible for all academic development programs at the college.

Dr. Curtis received a bachelor's degree in Psychology and Education from Hunter College of the City University of New York. She received a master's degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Connecticut and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Fordham University. "I am excited by the opportunity to join the academic community at Hudson Valley," said Curtis. "The college has a reputation for excellence, and it is my hope that we can continue to build on that reputation."

As Vice President for Academic Affairs, Curtis will oversee all aspects of academic life at Hudson Valley Community College. She will be responsible for the four academic schools of the college: Liberal Arts and Sciences; Business; Health Sciences; and Engineering and Industrial Technologies. She also will oversee the offices of Continuing Education, Community and Professional Education, High School Programs and Instructional Support Services as well as the library and the college's Center for Effective Teaching.

"We have found an excellent leader for Hudson Valley, and one who understands the unique perspective of the faculty," said Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs James J. LaGatta. "Carolyn Curtis has spent years both in the classroom and as an administrator. She is a great addition to the Hudson Valley Community College family."

The appointment of Dr. Curtis was made official by a vote of the college's Board of Trustees, Thursday, May 25. She will assume her position at the college on July 17.

The college received more than 80 applications for the position during the most recent search. "The strong interest in this position says very good things about Hudson Valley Community College and the reputation it enjoys in higher education," Buono said.

LaGatta has held the post as Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs since 1998. The most recent incumbent in the position was Dr. Sharon Sass, who served from 1996 to 1998.

Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy, NY, offers more than 50 degree and certification programs in four academic divisions: Liberal Arts and Sciences; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Business; 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 9,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining.