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Hudson Valley Community College President Assumes Leadership Role in College President Association

CONTACT: Deborah Renfrew (518) 629-7180,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Andrew MatonakAndrew J. Matonak, president of Hudson Valley Community College was recently elected to the position of president of the New York Community College Association of Presidents (NYCCAP). His term officially begins June 1, 2013.

Dr. Matonak has been a member of the association since 2005 and has served as vice-president for three years. NYCCAP’s goals are to promote the interchange of ideas and experiences among association members; to seek solutions to common problems; and to initiate, promote and advocate at all levels of government and education, measures and changes for the improvement of public community colleges and their educational programs.

“I’m pleased to be a part of this esteemed organization, and eager to take on this new leadership role to promote our community colleges’ tremendous value and economic impact. New York’s 37 community colleges transform lives, renew communities, prepare our workforce, and generally enhance quality of life,” said President Matonak.

Dr. Matonak assumed the Hudson Valley presidency in 2005. In that time, the college has seen record enrollment growth, developed innovative new academic programs and constructed several new campus buildings, including the Training and Education Center for Semiconductor Manufacturing and Alternative and Renewable Technologies (TEC-SMART) in Malta and the state-of-the-art Science Center to be completed in summer of 2013.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 associate degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and workforce and academic preparation programs offered through the Educational Opportunity Center. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of nearly 13,250 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has 75,000 alumni.