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Hudson Valley Community College Board Chairman, Secretary, Honored by SUNY Organization

CONTACT: Eric Bryant, (518) 629-8072
FOR RELEASE: Friday, March 27, 2009

Dr. Robert H. Hill II, the chairman of the Hudson Valley Community College Board of Trustees, and secretary to the board, George J. Raneri, were honored Friday, March 27, by an organization of state and city university system boards of trustees.

At the annual meeting of the New York Community College Trustees of the State and City Universities (NYCCT), Dr. Hill was honored with the Marvin A. Rapp Award for Distinguished Trustee Service. Dr. Hill has served on the board since 1995 and he has been board president since 2003. He served a previous term as a college trustee from 1983 to 1987. He is a dentist in private practice in Averill Park.

George J. Raneri, secretary to the Hudson Valley Community College Board of Trustees, was honored with the Alice Holloway Young Distinguished Service Award, which is given to a board member who continues his service to the institution after leaving the board. Raneri, a retired educator and school administrator, served from 1983 to 1998 as a member of the board of trustees. He has served as secretary to the board since 2000.

NYCCT, a voluntary non-profit consortium of community college trustees, represents the appointed board members who govern the 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system and the six community colleges in the City University of New York system.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it 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 65,000 alumni.