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12/19/2003
Murray Named New Dean of School of Business, School of Engineering and Industrial Technologies at Hudson Valley

CONTACT: Janine Kava (518) 629-8071 or (518) 629-8085
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, December 19, 2003

Ann Marie MurrayAnn Marie Murray, Ph.D., of Loudonville, an educator with extensive experience in curriculum development, distance learning and the use of technology in the classroom, is the new dean of the School of Business and the School of Engineering and Industrial Technologies at Hudson Valley Community College.

As dean, Murray will oversee the two schools, which include 21 academic departments that serve more than 2,600 students. The college's Board of Trustees approved Murray's appointment at its regular monthly meeting yesterday.

Murray has been at Hudson Valley since 1981, and most recently served as associate dean of academic services. In that role, she managed a $1.4 million budget, was responsible for college-wide coordination of instructional resources and supervised the college's Library, Media Center, Instructional Technology, Distance Learning Program, Television Studio and Center for Effective Teaching. She will continue to supervise those areas as dean.

Prior to serving as associate dean, Murray was chair of the Mathematics and Science and Engineering Science Department in the college's School of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She began teaching at the college as an adjunct instructor in 1981, and became a full professor in 2000. She has taught a variety of mathematics courses, including calculus, algebra and technical mathematics.

She received her bachelor's degree in mathematics from Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh. Murray also has a master of arts degree in advanced classroom teaching, a master of science degree in instructional technology and a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction, all from the University at Albany.

Murray received the State University of New York Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1997; no higher honor can be accorded a faculty member or administrator at a SUNY institution.

She is a member of the American Educational Research Association, the Mathematical Association of America, Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education, Albany Consortium for Research in Instructional Design and Instructional Technology and the New York State Mathematics Association of Two Year Colleges.

Murray's husband, John Murray, is a professor of mathematics at the college.

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.