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CONTACT: Brendon Layton (518) 629-7180,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Kristan Pelletier
Kristan Pelletier of Troy has been named director of athletics at Hudson Valley Community College, distinguishing her as the first female to be appointed to the position in the college's 56-year history.

Pelletier has served as Hudson Valley's assistant director of athletics since 2008, also becoming the first female in the college's history to hold that particular post.

As director of athletics, Pelletier will oversee 16 NJCAA Region III varsity sports, intercollegiate activities, coaches, staff and over 300 student-athletes in the athletic program. Her responsibilities will include administering the athletic program's annual budget and supervising the campus' athletic facilities and summer athletic camps. She will officially assume her duties as athletic director on June 4, 2009.

Pelletier's appointment as director of athletics concludes a national search by the college.

"I am very fortunate and grateful for the opportunity to take a leadership role in the athletic department and I also want to thank the Hudson Valley community for the tremendous support I have received," Pelletier said. "The academic and athletic opportunities we can provide our student-athletes are second to none at the junior college level and I am committed to insuring our student-athletes are successful at Hudson Valley and beyond."

During Pelletier's time as assistant athletic director, ten of Hudson Valley's current 14 teams qualified for postseason play, winning three Mountain Valley Conference titles and one Region III title. This year, the men's lacrosse team won its first conference championship in program history and the men's basketball team advanced to the national semifinals after winning its second consecutive conference title and first Region III title since 1999. Three Hudson Valley coaches were honored as Mountain Valley Conference Coach of the Year during Pelletier's tenure as assistant athletic director.

Pelletier was also responsible for overseeing the addition of two new sports to the Hudson Valley's athletic department, giving the college a total of 16 athletic programs that compete at the NJCAA level. The two sports, men's cross country and women's golf, will begin competition in 2009-2010.

Prior to coming to Hudson Valley Community College, Pelletier served as a financial consultant and analyst at AYCO/Goldman Sachs, an advertising and marketing executive for the Tri-City ValleyCats and the director of women's basketball operations at the University at Albany. She has also served as the head women's basketball coach at Schenectady County Community College and as an assistant women's basketball coach at The College of Saint Rose.

Pelletier is a graduate of Bishop Maginn High School and received a master's degree in business administration and a bachelor's degree in psychology from The College of Saint Rose. She was a member of the Saint Rose women's basketball team, appearing twice in the NCAA Division II Sweet 16 and was inducted into the Bishop Maginn Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in business administration.

Pelletier is a Certified Personal Trainer and a Certified Nutritional Advisor. Her community service includes service on The College of Saint Rose School of Business Advisory Council and The College of Saint Rose Corporate Sponsorship Committee.

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.