College Names Several New Department Chairs

February 21, 2020

Potrait of Dr. Tyler Kessel
Dr. Tyler Kessel

Dr. Tyler Kessel is the new department chair for the Department of English, Foreign Languages and English as a Second Language, and has been a faculty member in the department since 2005. He has a Ph.D. in English from the University at Albany; a master’s degree in English with a certificate in creative writing from Binghamton University; a bachelor’s degree in English and studio art from Saint Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota; and a certificate in advanced Polish language from the Sopot School of Polish in Sopot, Poland.

Portrait of Ricky Thibodeau
Ricky Thibodeau

Ricky Thibodeau, the chair of the Department of Accounting, Entrepreneurship and Marketing since 2015, will also now oversee the Business Administration and Computing and Information Systems programs. He has an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; a bachelor’s degree in computer science with a minor in mathematics from SUNY Plattsburgh; an associate degree in computer information systems from Hudson Valley; and has completed several doctorate-level courses at RPI.

Portrait of Jodi Dorrough
Jodi Dorrough

Jodi Dorrough has been named the department chair for the Department of Nursing and Surgical Technology. She is a registered nurse and has been a faculty member since 2015. She is in the process of earning a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Capella University, and has a master’s degree in nursing with a specialization in nursing education from Excelsior College; a bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition from SUNY Plattsburgh; and both an associate degree in nursing and a certificate in invasive cardiovascular technology from Hudson Valley.

Portrait of Tammy Conway
Tammy Conway

Tammy Conway, who has served for the past nine months as interim department chair for the Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting programs, has been named permanent chair of the Dental Hygiene department, where she has been a faculty member since 1997. She is a licensed and registered dental hygienist and has a master’s degree in educational administration and policy studies from the University at Albany; a bachelor’s degree in community health from William Patterson College; and an associate degree in dental hygiene from Hudson Valley.

George Raneri, who has served for the past nine months as interim department chair for the Department of Automotive, Manufacturing and Electrical Engineering Technologies, will now oversee the Department of Applied Technologies, which will include the following degree and certificate programs: Advanced Manufacturing Technology, Automotive Management, Automotive Technical Services, Automotive Technical Services-Autobody Repair, Clean Energy Management, Computer Aided Drafting, Electrical Construction and Maintenance, Electrical Engineering Technology-Electronics, Electrical Technology: Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology, Heating/Air Conditioning/Refrigeration Technical Services, Overhead Electric Line Worker, Mechatronics and Semiconductor Technology. He was an instructor in the automotive department for more than 22 years before becoming the interim department chair, and has a Master of Divinity from Northeastern Seminary; a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and studio art from SUNY Potsdam; and an associate degree in automotive technical services—autobody repair from Hudson Valley.

Portrait of Craig D’Allaird
Craig D’Allaird

Craig D’Allaird has been named the department chair of the Department of Civil, Construction, Industrial and Mechanical Technologies. He has been a faculty member in this department since 2000 and has a master’s and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, both from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, as well as an associate degree in civil engineering technology (architecture) from Hudson Valley.

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