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09/26/2003
Hudson Valley Trustees Appoint Interim President, Elect New Chairman of Board

CONTACT: Sarah Boggess or Janine Kava (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, September 26, 2003

Image of Dr. Marco SilvestriDr. Marco J. Silvestri, vice president for administration at Hudson Valley Community College, on Thursday was appointed interim president by the college's Board of Trustees. President John L. Buono announced earlier this month that he will be retiring at the end of the year. Silvestri will begin serving as interim president on January 1, 2004.

Silvestri has been a vice president of the college since 1984. In that role, he provides leadership in the administrative operations of the college, including collective bargaining, human resources, capital construction financing and physical plant. He also serves as the liaison between the college and its local sponsor, Rensselaer County. Silvestri, who has expressed to the board that he will not be a candidate for the permanent presidency, was recommended by Buono for the interim post.

"In order to ensure stability of leadership and a smooth transition, Dr. Silvestri has the best combination of training, skills and experience," said Buono. "Dr. Silvestri has more than 25 years successful experience in the areas of postsecondary education finance, capital construction planning, human resources administration, academic planning and evaluation, program registration, institutional and program accreditation and government relations."

Silvestri's appointment now goes to the SUNY Board of Trustees for action, which may take place at its October 28 meeting.

Image of Dr. Robert Hill IIAt the Board of Trustees' annual meeting, which took place prior to the board's regular monthly meeting at which Dr. Silvestri was appointed, Dr. Robert H. Hill II was elected to a two-year term as chairman of the board.

As board chairman, Hill will oversee the search for the college's new president. He said Thursday that he would notify the college community no later than October 1, 2003 of the search plan, consistent with SUNY guidelines. Hill said he expects a Presidential Search Advisory Committee to be in place by the end of 2003, and he expects a new president to be selected at the end of 2004.

"I am honored to have been elected as chairman of this board, and pleased to be working with Dr. Silvestri as he assumes the role of interim president," said Hill. "The board will be immediately active in establishing a committee to begin the presidential search process."

Silvestri lives in Rensselaer with his wife, Carolyn. They have three sons and two grandchildren. Prior to taking his vice presidential position at Hudson Valley, Silvestri served as dean of academic affairs and dean of administrative affairs at Niagara County Community College. He received his B.S. degree in Business Administration, his M.B.A. and his Ph.D. in Higher Education from SUNY at Buffalo.

"I am honored to be entrusted with the responsibility of shepherding the college through this transition," Silvestri said. "I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure another successful and productive academic year, and will assist Dr. Hill and the Presidential Search Advisory Committee in any way I can as they embark upon their search for the next person to lead Hudson Valley."

Hill, a dentist based in Averill Park, replaces William F. O'Connor III, who announced at the board's August meeting that he would not run for another term as chairman. O'Connor had served in that post since 1999.

Hill has had two appointments to the college's Board of Trustees. He served from 1982 to 1987, and most recently has been a board member since 1995. He has served as vice chairman of the board since 1997. Hill also has been a member of the advisory board for the college's Dental Hygiene department since 1982.

Image of Conrad H. Lang Jr.Also at the annual meeting, Conrad H. Lang Jr. of Averill Park was elected vice chairman. Lang, a lawyer, served as Rensselaer County Surrogate Court Judge from 1995 through 2002. He also served as a Sand Lake Town Justice and member of the Rensselaer County Legislature.

"I am confident that the skills and energy of the interim leadership will make significant progress on the challenges facing our college in 2004, and poise the college and the incoming president to achieve even higher levels of institutional performance and excellence," said Buono.

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 Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, Hudson Valley has an enrollment of more than 11,000 students each year.