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Romano Named Dental Hygiene Department Chairperson at Hudson Valley Community College

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8071

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, August 20, 2001

\"ImageJudith E. Romano of Waterford has been named department chairperson for the Dental Hygiene department at Hudson Valley Community College. Romano, who has served as interim department chairperson for the past year, assumed her new post on August 20.

In her new position, Romano will supervise all aspects of the college's two-year Dental Hygiene associate's degree program. She will also oversee the college's public dental hygiene clinic, which serves as a teaching clinic for the program's students. Each year, during the fall and spring semesters, the clinic provides a high quality, low-cost dental health alternative for local residents.

Romano has been a full-time instructor at the college since 1993, and previously served as an adjunct in the Dental Hygiene department. She also has taught in the Albany City School District and the Forsyth School for Dental Hygienists in Boston. \"The opportunities in the health care professions are expanding and Hudson Valley is keeping pace with this advancement," said Romano. "This is a very dynamic period at the college and I am looking forward to leading the Dental Hygiene department during such and exciting time.\"

Romano received her associate's degree in dental hygiene from the Forsyth School for Dental Hygienists, a bachelor's degree in health science education from Northeastern University and a master's degree in social policy from SUNY Empire State College. She is a registered dental hygienist, and has worked in private practice for more than 20 years.

"In filling the interim role during the past year, Judy has proven to be an effective department chair and very competent administrator," said Hudson Valley Community College President John Buono. "We are pleased that she has accepted the permanent position."

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.