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10/12/2004
Hudson Valley to Honor John L. Buono for Commitment to College, Community

CONTACT: Janine Kava (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, October 12, 2004

College's fifth president retired in December 2003

Hudson Valley Community College will host a reception to honor former President John L. Buono '68 for his commitment to the college and the community on Tuesday, November 16, 2004, at the Bulmer Telecommunications Center on the Hudson Valley campus.

The event will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $50. For more information or to RSVP by Friday, Nov. 5, please call the Hudson Valley Community College Foundation at (518) 629-8012 or send an e-mail to foundation@hvcc.edu.

At Buono's request, proceeds from the event will benefit the college's Disability Resource Center, which assists students with disabilities in the pursuit of their educational objectives. The center coordinates students' needs with services and resources available at the college and ensures accessible educational opportunities for students according to their individual needs. During the 2003-04 academic year, the Disability Resource Center served 450 students.

Buono served as the college's fifth president from 1998 to 2003. During his tenure, Hudson Valley experienced significant enrollment growth, facility improvements, and celebrated 50 years of service to the community. He also is a Hudson Valley alumnus, having graduated in 1968 before earning his bachelor's degree and master's degrees from the University at Albany.

He also has had an extensive career in public service, most notably serving as Rensselaer County Clerk from 1978 to 1985 and Rensselaer County Executive from 1986 to 1995. That year, Governor George Pataki appointed him to direct the New York State Dormitory Authority, where he served until being named president of his alma mater. He currently serves as chairman of the New York State Thruway Authority.

The Hudson Valley Community College Foundation is a not-for-profit charitable corporation formed in 1983 to philanthropically support the college's mission. Gifts to the Foundation from alumni, corporations and friends are used to enhance programs, facilities and scholarship opportunities at the college. For more information, visit foundation.hvcc.edu.

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 nearly 60,000 alumni.