New Academic, Administrative Appointment
The college saw several new academic and administrative leadership positions filled during the academic year.
Keith Nelson joined the college as the new chief information officer. In this position, Nelson directs the implementation and usage of all academic and administrative computing at Hudson Valley, including the college’s information technology infrastructure as well as campus telephone and voice mail systems. The college’s Computer Services Department, which Nelson now oversees, installs and maintains more than 2,500 microcomputers on campus as well as computer labs at the college’s Albany Extension Center. Nelson comes to the post after serving as Director of Telecommunications and Networking at The University of Texas at Austin. He also served as Chief Information Officer at Macomb Community College.
Kristan Pelletier was named director of athletics at Hudson Valley Community College, distinguishing her as the first female to be appointed to the position in the college’s 56-year history. Pelletier had served as Hudson Valley’s assistant director of athletics since 2008, also becoming the first female in the college’s history to hold that particular post. As director of athletics, Pelletier oversees 16 NJCAA Region III varsity sports, intercollegiate activities, coaches, staff and over 300 student-athletes in the athletic program. Her responsibilities include administering the athletic program’s annual budget and supervising the campus’ athletic facilities and summer athletic camps.
Richard Porter, an automotive and electrical construction and maintenance professional, was named department chair of the Building Systems Technologies department at Hudson Valley Community College. He brings nine years of teaching experience. Porter oversees the administration of the Electrical Construction and Maintenance (ECM); Heating and Refrigeration Systems (HRS); and Plant Utilities Technologies (PUT) curricula, as well as the various certificate programs: Photovoltaic and Overhead Line Worker. Porter’s background is primarily in the automotive field. He also worked in the maintenance of printing presses and bindery equipment at Hamilton Printing Co. Inc. in Castleton on Hudson. While working at Hamilton, he enrolled in the Electrical Construction and Maintenance program at Hudson Valley and received his A.O.S. in 1997. In 2002, Porter started teaching Electrical Construction and Maintenance courses at the college. He went back to school again, taking classes here at Hudson Valley, SUNY Oswego, and finally at Empire State College, where he received his bachelor’s degree in 2006. He plans to attend Empire State College for his master’s degree.