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Loudonville Resident Named to New Associate Deanship at Hudson Valley Community College

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8071

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, August 6, 2001

Image of Ann Marie MurrayAnn Marie Murray of Loudonville has been named Associate Dean for Academic Services at Hudson Valley Community College. Murray, who previously served as department chairperson for the Mathematics/Science and Engineering Science departments, will assume her new post on August 27.

In her new position, she will oversee the college's library and media services, technology and production services, distance learning efforts and the college's Center for Effective Teaching. Murray also will head up efforts to enhance the college's online courses and programs.

Professor Murray has been a faculty member at the college since 1981. She received her bachelor's degree from Mount Saint Mary College, and two master's degrees at UAlbany, as well as a Certificate of Advanced Study in Education Theory and Practice from UAlbany. She currently is working toward her Ph.D. in Education Theory and Practice.

In 1997, Murray was awarded the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, the highest teaching honor bestowed by the state university system.

"In her time here at the college, Ann Marie has taken on a variety of new tasks, whether it be acting as the college's first faculty Webmaster or chairing two of our departments," said President John Buono. "She is a skilled and dedicated faculty member, and I am sure she will approach this new position with equal enthusiasm."

"This is an exciting opportunity for the college to centralize its assets and manage its growth in distance learning. I look forward to working with the faculty and staff to help bring Hudson Valley Community College to the forefront of distance education," said Murray.

Hudson Valley Community College 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 Opportunities 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.