As dean, White will oversee the two schools, which includes 27 academic departments that serve more than 2,600 students. The college's Board of Trustees approved White's appointment at its regular monthly meeting Thursday. He will start his new position Monday, Jan. 23.
White came to Hudson Valley in 1991, starting as an adjunct faculty member, becoming a full-time automotive instructor in 1995. White later served as coordinator of the college's Telecommunications Technology – Verizon program and most recently served as department chairperson for several programs in the School of Engineering and Industrial Technologies – Electrical Engineering Technology, Network and Information Technology, Drafting, Telecommunications Technology – Verizon as well as the college's Automotive programs.
White said his new position will allow him to focus on program and curriculum development, as well as growing enrollment and online course offerings. Expanding the college's technology programs also is essential, White said, in order to prepare students for the Capital Region's growing technology field. White has already been involved in such an initiative, helping the college develop the new Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology course. "Tech Valley, it's coming," White said. "So we have to be in a position to provide the skills students will need."
White received his bachelor's degree in Business Administration and his master's degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix. Before coming to Hudson Valley, White owned the automotive product store Crowley Supply Co. in Troy for 20 years. He is a member of the Automotive Service Industry Association's executive committee, and he has served as an instructor and district committee chairman for I-CAR, a technical training organization that focuses on helping the collision repair industry achieve a high level of technical training, since 1995.
White and his wife, Shirley, have two sons, Philip and Brian.
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.