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10/17/2005
Hudson Valley Community College Board Re-elects Dr. Robert H. Hill II as Chairman Photo Available

New Student Trustee also joins board

CONTACT: Janine Kava (518) 629-8071 or (518) 629-8085
FOR RELEASE: Monday, October 17, 2005

Dr. Robert H. Hill II
Dr. Robert H. Hill II
Dr. Robert H. Hill II of Averill Park has been re-elected chairman of the Hudson Valley Community College Board of Trustees.

Hill, a dentist who practices in Averill Park, was elected to his second, two-year term as chairman at the board's annual meeting last month. He 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. Prior to serving as chairman, he served as vice chairman of the board since 1997.

Dr. Hill also serves as chairman of the college's Dental Hygiene advisory board. He is a fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry, American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists, and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. In addition, Dr. Hill is a member of the American Dental Association, the New York State Dental Association, the Troy Dental Study Club, and the Third District Dental Society, of which he also is a past president.

The following officers also were re-elected at the Board of Trustees' annual meeting last month:

  • Vice Chairman: Conrad H. Lang Jr. of Averill Park. Lang, a lawyer, served as Rensselaer County Surrogate Court Judge from 1995 to 2002. He also served as a Sand Lake Town Justice and member of the Rensselaer County Legislature.
  • Secretary: George J. Raneri of Castleton. Raneri, a retired educator, has served as the board's secretary since 2000. He was a member of the board from 1982 to 1998, serving as vice chairman from 1982 to 1993. Raneri served as principal of Miller Hill-Sand Lake elementary schools in the Averill Park Central School District, retiring in 2002.
  • Assistant Secretary: Sandra M. Gorman of South Schodack. A Hudson Valley employee since 1980, she has served as assistant secretary to the board and assistant to the president since 1993. Gorman is a Hudson Valley alumna.

A new student trustee, Ourelian J. Haley of Newburgh, also has joined the board for the 2005-06 academic year. Haley, a second-year Mortuary Science student who also serves as president of the Mortuary Science Club, was elected to the position by the college's student body in the spring. He is scheduled to graduate in May 2006.

Haley will serve a one-year term that coincides with the academic year. The nine other members of the 10-member Board of Trustees serve seven-year terms.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 60 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and workforce and academic preparation programs offered through the Educational Opportunity Center. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 12,000 students, and it is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has more than 60,000 alumni.