In this new position, LaGatta will continue developing corporate, community and alumni relations to raise visibility and support of student scholarships and academic programs.
“Regina LaGatta’s expertise in fundraising and passion for development, coupled with her longevity and skill in leading fundraising organizations, allows for a seamless transition during this vital time for the organization,” said President Drew Matonak, Hudson Valley Community College president and foundation board chairperson. “As the Foundation continues to raise funds for the college’s students and continues its strategic planning process, Regina will bring an unmatched depth of knowledge and determination to the process.”
LaGatta received an associate degree from Hudson Valley Community College in 1973, a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Brockport and a master’s from The College of St. Rose.
Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 80 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 more than 12,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 75,000 alumni.
The Foundation is a not-for-profit charitable corporation formed in 1983 to philanthropically support the college’s mission. Gifts from alumni, corporations and friends are used to enhance programs, facilities and scholarship opportunities at the college.