An administrator, educator and advisor with more than 20 years experience at Hudson Valley, Pennock will work in partnership with the college's director of planning and research to develop the college's strategic plan, and will direct the development and preparation of needs assessment and research for new college activities and programs.
The need for a staff member to oversee an improved, college-wide strategic planning and assessment process was identified during a self-study process the college underwent to prepare for reaffirmation of accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The college's accreditation must be reaffirmed by the Middle States Commission every 10 years; the commission is scheduled to vote on the college's accreditation in June.
The appointment is temporary: Pennock will remain in the post until the selection of a new president, who will then decide the college's permanent structure for planning and assessment. A presidential search is underway, with December being the target month for appointment of a new person to lead Hudson Valley.
"Key in my decision to appoint Ms. Pennock to this position was her extensive experience in implementing college-wide assessment of student learning, particularly her collaboration with the academic community to develop a process for creating the college's campus-based general education assessment plan as required by the State University of New York," Hudson Valley President Marco J. Silvestri said. "The college will be well served by her energy, enthusiasm and extensive experience."
Prior to her new appointment, Pennock served as the college's director of school programs and educational outreach since 1997. She has taught numerous psychology courses and served as an academic advisor for the Liberal Arts Department for 10 years.
Pennock became a full professor at Hudson Valley in 1995. She received the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1987 and was named to Who's Who Among America's Teachers in 1996.
She has a bachelor's degree in elementary education from the State University of New York at Oswego and a master's degree in community psychology from The Sage Colleges. Pennock is a member of the American Psychological Association, The Sage Colleges Psychology Advisory Board Committee, the American Association for University Women, and the Board of Trustees of Trinity United Methodist Church in Albany.
Her husband, Robert, is retired but teaches philosophy and religion courses at Hudson Valley and The Sage Colleges; the couple has two grown children.
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.