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 record growth in enrollment and steady progress in completing a $200 million Facilities Master Plan for the college. Construction highlights include the September 2007 dedication of a new, $9.4 million Administration Building; January 2010 opening of TEC-SMART, the Training and Education Center for Semiconductor Manufacturing and Alternative and Renewable Technologies in Malta, NY, and a new 800-space parking garage completed on the Troy campus in August 2010.
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 Adolescence Education, Alternative Fuels, Automotive Management, Digital Media, Disability Studies, Entrepreneurship, Physical Sciences, and Polysomnography for those interested in becoming sleep technologists.
Construction now is underway on a $35 million state-of-the-art Science Center to be completed by fall 2013 with 25 fully-equipped 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 and a greenhouse. Both Rensselaer County and the State of New York contributed funding for the Science Center and related projects.
President Matonak also initiated the college's first comprehensive fund-raising campaign, the $10 million "Promise of Our Region" campaign. He will help celebrate the college's 60th anniversary in 2013, while steering the 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.
Off campus, President Matonak is vice president/president elect of the New York Community College Association of Presidents, chairman of the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce's Board of Directors and president of Troy 2020. He serves on the boards of the Albany-based Center for Economic Growth, Capital Region Sponsor-A-Scholar, the Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce and First Niagara Bank's Regional Advisory Board. He also is a member of the Capital Region Workforce Investment Board, 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 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.