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06/05/2003
Crone Honored With SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, June 5, 2003

Dr. Wilson Crone of Troy, an assistant professor at Hudson Valley Community College, was recently honored with the State University of New York Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Instituted in 1972 by the State University of New York, the Chancellor's Award recognizes exceptional contributions to the university by dedicated professionals. No higher honor can be accorded a faculty member or administrator. Since its inception, 78 faculty and staff members from Hudson Valley Community College have been given the Chancellor's Award.

Crone has been on the biology faculty of the college since 1993. He has been a pioneer and continues to be active in creating distance learning opportunities for the college's students. The Global Seminar course, a collaborative project which links classrooms at colleges around the world to discuss environmental, economic and political issues, was brought to Hudson Valley largely through Crone's efforts. At a national level, Crone has been active in bringing the seminar course to the community college student.

He is known to students as an instructor with a vast amount of knowledge and the patience and skill to convey it exceptionally well. "When I refer to the quintessential educator, I am describing someone who, first of all, has a vast base of knowledge at her or his fingertips," wrote one student in nominating Crone. "Secondly, they are not only willing, but enthusiastic about, sharing this knowledge with all types of students. Along with this, I see a person who is dedicated to students and who is eager to learn from them as he or she is to teach them. Finally, I see a person who is an advocate for students and for quality education. All of these qualities describe Dr. Wilson Crone."

Crone received his bachelor's degree and a medical degree from Duke University. He has a PhD in botany from the University of California, Riverside, and has completed post-doctoral studies in plant development at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy, offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions: 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 11,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training.