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Looby Named Business Division Department Chairperson at Hudson Valley Community College

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8071

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, Sept. 10, 2001

\"ImageDr. James G. Looby of Lake George was recently named department chairperson for several programs in the School of Business at Hudson Valley Community College. He will oversee the Computer Information Systems, Marketing, Executive Office Assistant, and Medical Office Assistant programs.

"We are extremely fortunate to have an academic of Dr. Looby's standing come on board," said Hudson Valley Community College President John Buono. "His teaching and research experience should greatly benefit the faculty and students of Hudson Valley."

In his new position, Dr. Looby will oversee curriculum development, faculty hiring and academic advisement for the four departments.

Dr. Looby most recently was an assistant professor at Computer Science department of Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts, where he helped develop the Computer Information Systems curriculum.

He has more than 10 years of teaching and academic research experience at the collegiate level. Dr. Looby received his bachelor's degree in computer science/physics from the University at Albany, where he was a cum laude graduate, and a master's degree from the University of Vermont. He completed graduate research in ocean engineering at Florida Atlantic University and was a NASA research fellow at the University of Wyoming. Dr. Looby completed his doctorate in computer science at Hamilton University in 2000. Prior to beginning his academic career, he was a medical deep sea diver, instructor and sea air rescue corpsman for the United States Navy.

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 Opportunity Center offering certification programs in workforce and academic preparation.