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Dr. Peter Sawyer Appointed New Department Chair of Behavioral and Social Sciences at Hudson Valley

CONTACT: Lisa Roche (518) 629-8063 or Sarah Boggess (518) 629-8071

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, September 4, 2001

\"ImagePeter R. Sawyer, Ph.D. of Scotia has been appointed department chairperson for the Behavioral and Social Sciences Department at Hudson Valley Community College. Sawyer comes to Hudson Valley from UAlbany, where he has taught since 1998 and where he served as director of Project Renaissance, an innovative academic and student life program for first-year students at UAlbany.

Sawyer earned his Ph.D. in Social Sciences in 1999 from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. He obtained his master's degree in Sociology from Syracuse University in May 1994, and his master's in education in Student Development and Higher Education from the University of Vermont in 1988. Sawyer earned his bachelor's degree in Urban Affairs from American University in D.C. in 1992, and his associate's degree in Liberal Arts from Hudson Valley in 1980.

Sawyer brings over 15 years experience in higher education teaching and administration to the position. He served as adjunct faculty at UAlbany, Union College, The College of Saint Rose, and has also taught at LeMoyne College in Syracuse, Syracuse University and The American University. He has served as Assistant Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at UAlbany (1996-1998) and Assistant Dean of Students at Siena College (1988-1991).

The Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences Department serves approximately 8,800 students a year as a service department offering classes in Psychology, Sociology, Economics and more. It serves students in all majors, including those who with to transfer to four-year programs in the Behavioral and Social Sciences. The department currently has 19 full-time faculty and 30 adjunct faculty members.

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 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 9,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training.