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CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010

Dr. Shihong
Dr. Shihong "Steve" Chen
Dr. Shihong "Steve" Chen recently was named chief information officer at Hudson Valley Community College.

As the college's CIO, Dr. Chen will direct the implementation and usage of all academic and administrative computing at Hudson Valley, the largest undergraduate institution in the Capital Region. The college's Computer Services Department, which Chen oversees, installs and maintains computer classrooms and network systems at the college's main campus and at numerous off-campus locations, including TEC-SMART in Malta, the college's Albany Extension Center and at 10 high schools where the college offers classes around the Capital Region.

Prior to accepting the position at Hudson Valley, Dr. Chen served as the chief information officer for The University of Texas at Brownsville/Texas Southmost College; the vice president of information technology/special advisor to the president at South Texas College of Law; chief information technology officer/assistant vice president for academic affairs at Utica College of Syracuse University; the college-wide director of the Computer and Educational Technology Division of The City College, The City University of New York; and the academic systems manager at Purdue University North Central Campus.

He comes to Hudson Valley with a wealth of technical knowledge and experience in the areas of information technology, strategic planning and assessment, information security, disaster recovery and distance education. He was honored and recognized as Senior Fulbright Specialist (2003-2008) in the information technology arena.

Dr. Chen received his doctoral and master's degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his bachelor's degree from Fujian Teachers University in Fuzhou, China.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 13,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 65,000 alumni.