The 2017 Hudson Valley Community College Foundation Gala celebrates the achievements of President Andrew J. Matonak, Ed.D., who will be retiring in August 2018 after 13 years of leadership, service and dedication to Hudson Valley. In recognition of Drew's service to Hudson Valley, the lobby of the new Gene F. Haas Center for Advanced Manufacturing Skills (CAMS) will be dedicated in his name. All proceeds from this event will be directed to that project.

Please help us recognize Drew for his many years of service by attending the 2017 Hudson Valley Community College Foundation Gala on Friday, Oct. 20 at 6 p.m. at the Franklin Plaza in Troy, NY.

Black tie optional. Valet parking is available. For more information, contact the Foundation at (518) 629-8012 or

RSVP to Attend


Table Sponsor: $1,500 (includes one table with eight tickets and listing in program)
Honorary Committee: $175
Individual ticket: $135
Faculty & Staff ticket: $85

The amount of the contribution that is tax deductible per IRS Guidelines is limited to the dollar amount contributed over $85 per ticket. Net proceeds will benefit the Gene F. Haas Center for Advanced Manufacturing Skills at Hudson Valley Community College.


Platinum Dinner Sponsors

The United Group of Companies / The College Suites at Hudson Valley

Gold Cocktail Reception Sponsors

Hudson Valley Community College Foundation Board of Directors

Silver Entertainment Sponsors

Mosaic Associates Architects
Pioneer Bank
The University at Albany Foundation

Bronze Award Sponsors

Albany Medical Center
BlueShield of Northeastern New York
CAP COM Federal Credit Union
Capital Region Chamber
CHA Consulting, Inc.
The College of Saint Rose
Hugh Johnson Advisors
M&T Bank
MVP Health Care
Simmons Machine Tool Corp.
Tri-City ValleyCats
UHY LLP, Certified Public Accountants

Friends of Advanced Manufacturing

Callanan Industries Inc.
Conrad & Betty Lang
Doug & Gretchen Baldrey
Faculty Student Association Board
Jim & Regina LaGatta
Key Bank
Marshall & Sterling Inc.
Neil & Lisa Kelleher
New York Long Term Care Brokers Limited
The Business Council of NYS

Andrew J. Matonak, Ed.D.
Sixth President
Hudson Valley Community College

President Matonak, known simply as Drew on campus and in the community, became president of Hudson Valley on April 18, 2005. Drew's 13-year tenure at Hudson Valley Community College is marked by impressive growth and innovation in academic programming and student services, as well as the striking transformation of the college's 120-acre campus.

Under his leadership, the college added 25 new degree and certificate programs, such as Biotechnology, Cybersecurity, Digital Media, Entrepreneurship, Mechatronics and Surgical Technology and greatly expanded the College in the High School program, career training and online offerings. He also introduced a wide variety of new student support services, including the Center for Academic Engagement, Marvin Library Learning Commons, Wellness Center and free CDTA transportation.

Drew guided a $200 million facilities master plan that dramatically improved the college, including the construction of the $47.4m Science Center; $13.5m Training and Education Center for Semiconductor Manufacturing and Alternative and Renewable Technologies (TEC-SMART) in Malta; $9.4m Administration Building; as well as the $4.5m parking garage and $4.5m Outdoor Athletic Complex. He also successfully completed the college's first comprehensive fundraising campaign, the $10m "Promise of Our Region" campaign.

In our greater community, Drew has served a wide variety of charitable, community, educational and economic development organizations, including the Capital Region Chamber, Center for Economic Growth, Economic Development Council, Saratoga Economic Development Corporation, Sponsor-a-Scholar and Troy 2020, to name only a few.

About CAMS

Gene F. Haas Center for Advanced Manufacturing Skills (CAMS)

The new $14.5 million, 37,000-square-foot Gene F. Haas Center for Advanced Manufacturing Skills (CAMS) is planned to be completed in summer 2019. The center will increase training opportunities for students in Advanced Manufacturing Technology and double the program's enrollment, addressing a critical shortage of skilled manufacturing workers.

The building will contain:

  • 122 CAD/CAM/Simulation computer workstations
  • 14 CNC machine tools
  • 30 manual machine tools
  • Two CMMs plus an articulating-arm type CMM
  • Metrology Light Scanner
  • Robotic cell
  • Two large 3D printers and many other capabilities

Through partnership with local industry and private foundation support, Hudson Valley is well positioned to construct the largest advanced manufacturing training center of its kind in the United States. Sponsors of this event will help fund the expansion of facilities and purchase of equipment.

Please join us as we pay tribute to President Matonak and support his vision for advanced manufacturing at Hudson Valley.

More about CAMS.