Andrew J. Matonak, Ed.D.
Sixth President of Hudson Valley Community College
Andrew J. Matonak, better known around campus as "Drew," assumed the presidency of Hudson Valley Community College on April 18, 2005. President Matonak's tenure is marked by steady progress in completing a $200 million Facilities Master Plan for the college and unprecedented enrollment growth.
The newest building – the $47.4 million, 100,000-square-foot Science Center – opened in August 2013 with 25 state-of-the-art laboratories for the study of biology, chemistry, physics, biotechnology, earth science and forensics; 11 classrooms; faculty and staff offices; conference spaces; a science study center, greenhouse and cafe. Approximately 7,000 students utilize the facility each semester. Other construction highlights include an 800-space parking garage completed on the Troy campus in August 2010, the Training and Education Center for Semiconductor Manufacturing and Alternative and Renewable Technologies (TEC-SMART), opened in January 2010 in Malta, NY, and a $9.4 million Administration Building (2007). Both Rensselaer County and the State of New York contributed funding for these projects.
Enrollment records were set in three consecutive years – fall 2008, 2009 and 2010 when it topped 14,000. In addition, a variety of new academic programs have been introduced, most recently Digital Media (A.S.), Adolescent Education (A.S.), Automotive Management (A.A.S.), Disability Studies (certificate), Entrepreneurship (A.A.S./certificate), Physical Sciences (A.S.) and Polysomnography (A.A.S.) for those interested in becoming sleep technologists.
President Matonak also initiated the college's first comprehensive fund-raising campaign, the $10 million "Promise of Our Region" campaign, and currently is overseeing the college's Middle States Association (MSA) reaccreditation process, as required every 10 years. The college has been accredited by the MSA since 1969 and completed its last self-study in 2004. The self-study evaluates and assesses every aspect of the college's operations, from its mission, goals and objectives, to academics, student services, administration and strategic planning.
In our greater community, President Matonak is president of the New York Community College Association of Presidents (2013-2014), president of Troy 2020 and immediate past chairman of the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce's Board of Directors. He also serves as a member of the Capital Region Economic Development Council and on the boards of the Albany-based Center for Economic Growth, Capital Region Sponsor-A-Scholar, Capital Region Workforce Investment Board, First Niagara Bank's Regional Advisory Board and Saratoga Economic Development Corporation Board of Governors. He also is a member of the Green Jobs-Green New York Advisory Committee and the Economic and Workforce Commission of the American Association of Community Colleges.
Prior to coming to Hudson Valley Community College, President Matonak served three years as president of Northwest Iowa Community College. His career was shaped by his decision to attend Butler County Community College in Butler, Pennsylvania: he wanted to ensure other students had the same opportunity for success that was given to him. He continued at the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio, where he earned a bachelor's degree in sociology, followed by a master's degree in student personnel administration from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, and a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Houston in Texas.
He also served as vice president for student development and an adjunct instructor at Lakeland Community College in Kirtland, Ohio; dean of student affairs at Horry-Georgetown Technical College in Conway, South Carolina; assistant dean of student affairs at the University of Houston; the admissions and records coordinator at Lee College in Baytown, Texas; and assistant dean of student development and coordinator of career development and placement for the Eastern Iowa Community College District.
President Matonak and his wife, Karen, have a daughter, Taylor.