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09/19/2016
Rensselaer County Legislature Appoints Judith Breselor to Board of Trustees at Hudson Valley Community College

MEDIA CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072, e.bryant@hvcc.edu
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, Sept. 19, 2016

Judith BreselorThe Rensselaer County Legislature appointed Judith Breselor to the Hudson Valley Community College Board of Trustees at its August 9 meeting. The new member succeeds the late James Walsh and will serve the remainder of his term, which expires in 2021.

A 1990 graduate of the college, Breselor has served on the Rensselaer County Legislature since 2009, representing the towns of Sand Lake, Schodack and Nassau. She is the chairperson of the legislature’s Education Committee and a member of the Planning and Tourism Committee, Environment Committee, Contracts Committee and Health Committee.

Breselor is the executive director of the New York Planning Federation, a state-wide organization dedicated to promoting sound planning, land use and zoning practices in New York State. She previously served as commissioner of planning and development for the City of Troy, as the senior planner for the Hudson River Greenway and director of planning and development for the City of Rensselaer. She is the current chairperson of the Town of Sand Lake Zoning Board of Appeals.

“From her years on the county legislature and her time on campus as a student, Judy Breselor understands the critical role Hudson Valley Community College plays in the Capital Region. We are eager to have her lend her experience and expertise to the college’s Board of Trustees,” said college President Drew Matonak.

Breselor earned an associate degree in civil and public service from Hudson Valley Community College before earning her B.A. from the Rockefeller School of Public Policy and a master’s degree in city and regional planning from the University of Albany. She is a Certified Professional Planner of the American Planning Association.

The college’s 10-member Board of Trustees is appointed by the Governor, who names four members, and the Rensselaer County Legislature, which names five members to serve seven-year terms. One member is elected by the student body for a one-year term.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 80 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; 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 12,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 75,000 alumni.

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