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10/16/2007
Alumnus James Walsh Named to Hudson Valley Community College Board of Trustees Photo Available

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2007

James Walsh ’61
James Walsh ’61
James Walsh ’61 of Troy, a retired executive with the Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation, has been appointed to the Hudson Valley Community College Board of Trustees.

A Hudson Valley alumnus and the father of four children who all attended Hudson Valley, Walsh was appointed to the seven-year term by the Rensselaer County Legislature. He replaces Esther Flynn of Cropseyville, who has served on the 10-member board since 1998.

Born and raised in South Troy, Mr. Walsh graduated in 1961 from Hudson Valley Community College with an associate’s degree in Construction Technology.

Following his graduation from Hudson Valley Community College, he joined the ranks of Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. as a meter reader. Thirty-five years later, he retired as the company’s area manager.

Mr. Walsh has been one of Hudson Valley’s most visible alumni, lending his face and voice to advertisements that promote the college. He also has worked in partnership with the Hudson Valley Community College Foundation to attract private resources to the Foundation. He has served on the Foundation Board of Directors since 1994, and is currently serving a one-year term as chairman of that board.

Following his retirement and upon the recommendation of New York State Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno, Gov. George Pataki appointed Mr. Walsh as a New York State Commissioner of Elections. One year later, he became Chairman of the Board.

In 1997, he was elected chairman of the Rensselaer County Republican Committee, a post he held until 2003, when Troy Mayor-Elect Harry Tutunjian announced that Mr. Walsh would be named deputy mayor, taking office on Jan. 1, 2004. He served in that position for one year.

Previously he had served in numerous elected and appointed governmental positions, including being elected to the Rensselaer County Legislature three times.

Mr. Walsh also is a veteran, receiving an honorable discharge with the rank of SGT.-E-5 in the 27th ARMD Division with the U.S. Army National Guard. He also graduated from the Non-Commissioned Officers Academy in Fort Knox, Ky.

A past recipient of the Troy Police PBA Gold Shield Award, the Seton Health System Vincentian Award and the Boy Scouts of America Mahikan District Good Scout Award, Mr. Walsh has served on the Seton Health System Board of Trustees and the Troy Kiwanis Board of Directors.

He also is a member of the Rensselaer County Friends of Hospice Committee and is a trustee of St. Joseph’s Church in Troy. Mr. Walsh is the proud father of four grown children, Timothy, Lyn, Scott, Erika, and four grandchildren. Each of Mr. Walsh’s children attended Hudson Valley, and Lyn ’86 and Erika ’93 are alumnae.

The college’s Board of Trustees has 10 members. Walsh is one of five appointed by the Rensselaer County Legislature; four trustees are appointed by the governor and the student body elects one representative. The student trustee serves a one-year term that coincides with the academic year; all other board members serve seven-year terms.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 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.