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Hudson Valley Community College President Assumes Leadership Role in National College Association

CONTACT: Deborah Renfrew (518) 629-7180,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, July 21, 2014

Andrew J. Matonak, president of Hudson Valley Community College, was recently appointed to the Oversight Board that advises the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) on the Voluntary Framework of Accountability (VFA). He joins other community college presidents and nationally recognized education experts on the board, which works with the AACC to advocate for the VFA as the principle accountability system of community colleges.

The VFA provides a solution for measuring performance at two-year colleges in areas such as student programming and achievement, implementation of career and technical programs, and transparency in reporting learning outcomes.

Matonak began volunteering for the AACC in 2010, serving on its Commission on Economic and Workforce Development. Currently he is president of the New York Community College Association of Presidents and Troy 2020. He is a member of the Capital Region Economic Development Council, First Niagara Bank’s Regional Advisory Board and the Green Jobs-Green New York Advisory Committee. Matonak also serves as a board member of the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce, Center for Economic Growth, Capital Region Sponsor-A-Scholar, Capital Region Workforce Investment Board and Saratoga Economic Development Corporation.

“There can be no question as to the value of a community college education, whether as a means to enter the workplace or to obtain an affordable but high quality education before transferring to a four-year institution. The economic strength of our country is, to a great degree, in the hands of community colleges. And the AACC -- which I am proud to serve on -- is of immeasurable benefit to community colleges,” comments Matonak, who assumed the Hudson Valley presidency in 2005.

The AACC is headquartered in Washington D.C., where it functions as the primary advocacy organization for community colleges at the national level. Since its founding in 1920, the AACC also has worked to affect state policies on behalf of community colleges. The organization has more than 1,100 members across the country representing a total enrollment of 12 million students.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; 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 nearly 13,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 75,000 alumni.