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11/24/2003
Two Members Named to Hudson Valley's Board of Trustees

CONTACT: Janine Kava (518) 629-8071 or (518) 629-8085
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, November 24, 2003

Donald E. Fane of Schaghticoke and Stephen A. Napier of Cohoes are the two newest members of the Hudson Valley Community College Board of Trustees.

Donald E. FaneFane, president of Clemente Fane Concrete and senior vice president of Callanan Industries Inc., joins the board as one of the five trustees appointed by the Rensselaer County Legislature, which sponsors the college. Napier joins the board as its student trustee, having been elected by the college's student body in October.

The four other members of the 10-member board are appointed by the governor. The student trustee serves a one-year term that coincides with the academic year; all other board members serve seven-year terms.

Fane was appointed to fill the remaining two years in former Board Chairman William F. O'Connor III's term, which expires in 2005. O'Connor resigned his seat on the board in September. Fane also is active in several community organizations, including the boards of the Lansingburgh Boys and Girls Club, Seton Health Foundation and the Friends of St. Patrick's of Troy. Fane and his wife, Lisa, are the parents of six children.

Stephen NapierNapier, a 2001 graduate of Cohoes High School, is an Individual Studies student who plans to transfer to the University at Albany, where he will pursue a political science degree. He is interested in a career in politics.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 50 degree and certification programs in four academic divisions: Liberal Arts and Sciences; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Business; as well as programs run through the Educational Opportunity Center offering certification programs in workforce and academic preparation. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 11,000 students, and it is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has graduated more than 55,000 students.