College Announces New Vice President for Administration and Chief Financial Officer

October 15, 2020

Following a national search, Hudson Valley Community College recently appointed a new vice president for administration and a new chief financial officer.

Gloria Baez
Gloria Baez

Gloria Baez, J.D., is the college’s new vice president for administration. She will oversee several administrative areas at the college, such as management of the emergency preparedness committee and emergency preparedness plan, environmental health and safety and physical plant, college legal matters, collective bargaining and negotiations, facilities master planning, state and SUNY reporting, college policies, and administrative relations with Rensselaer County and the college Board of Trustees, among other responsibilities.

Baez joins the college after serving in several leadership roles in higher education. Most recently, she served as a facilities and project administrator for the not-for-profit Citrus Health Network, Inc. in Florida. She has also served as senior vice provost and chief operating officer, as well as dean of administration, for Miami Dade College, as the mayor’s chief of staff for the City of Miami Beach and as the director of multicultural language education for the Florida Department of Education.

Baez earned her Juris Doctor, Bachelor of Arts in History, and Graduate Certificate in Education Policy from Florida State University.

Donal Christian
Donal Christian

Donal Christian is the college’s new chief financial officer. He will oversee the college’s finances, including accounting, budget, cashier, comptroller, financial aid, inventory, mail processing, purchasing and all related operations, including compliance with fiscal regulations and development of fiscal plans for the future, among other duties

Christian most recently served as vice president for Administration and Finance at Baltimore City Community College. Prior to that, he has held administrative and financial leadership positions at Clark Atlanta University, the College of Staten Island; Clayton State University, Medgar Evers College, Montclair State University, Brooklyn College; New School University, and CUNY Central Administration. He has also served as an adjunct professor of economics, finance and business administration at several colleges. In addition, he joined the U.S. Army Reserve in 2008, and acted as chief health care information officer within the 3rd Medical Command at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait in 2015-16.

Christian holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in economics from CUNY City College and earned his MBA from the University of Miami. He also holds a certification in executive education from Columbia University.

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