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Kathy Quirk Named Associate Dean For Instructional Support Services And Retention

CONTACT: Jeff Foley or Sarah Boggess (518) 629-8071

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, August 1, 2001

Image of Kathy QuirkHudson Valley Community College President John L. Buono announced today that Kathy Quirk of Troy has been appointed as the college's new Associate Dean for Instructional Support Services and Retention. The position is effective August 27.

Quirk has been at Hudson Valley since 1981, when she came on board as an adjunct instructor in the English department. She became an educational learning assistant in the college's Learning Assistance Center in 1987, and has spent the last two and a half years as Director of Instructional Support Services.

"Kathy Quirk's track record speaks volumes," Buono said. "She has clearly demonstrated that she cares about Hudson Valley Community College's students and will do whatever she can to make sure they succeed."

As Director of Instructional Support Services, Quirk was responsible for instituting college-wide policies for testing, advisement and academic placement. She also was responsible for the budget and operations of Hudson Valley's Learning Assistance Center, Computer Learning Centers, and Placement Testing Office.

In addition to retaining those duties, Quirk's new position will require her to collaborate with deans, department chairs and department heads to plan and implement strategies to increase the level of academic achievement and retention among students; work with the Director of Planning and Research to maintain institutional retention data and identify students subject to risk and attrition; and make recommendations for and monitor college policies on issues related to academic support and retention.

Quirk, who was honored with the 1995 SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service, earned a master's degree in Educational Psychology from The College of Saint Rose.

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.