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Interim Program Director Named for Albany-Hudson Valley Physician Assistant Program

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8071 FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, September 20, 2001

\"ImageDavid Irvine of Selkirk has been named interim program director for the Albany-Hudson Valley Community College Physician Assistant program. The program is a joint venture between the Troy-based community college and Albany Medical Center.

Irvine has been employed at the college since 1993 and has been associate director since 1994. He assumed the post of program director when Dr. Sally Bauer was named interim department chairperson of the college's Chemistry, Physics and Biology departments. The program director is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the program, the supervision of faculty and staff, and also has as an active teaching role.

"We are pleased that David Irvine has agreed to take over this program on an interim basis. With his wealth of experience, he was our first choice to help guide students through this rigorous program," said Hudson Valley Community College President John Buono.

Irvine has a master's degree from New York Medical College, a bachelor's degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, an associate's degree from Hudson Valley Community College and a Physician Assistant certificate from Albany Medical College.

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. 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.