William F. Fagan of Troy, a 1973 graduate of Hudson Valley Community College, has been appointed by Governor David Paterson to a seven-year term as a member of the college's Board of Trustees.
Fagan is president of Wm. J. Fagan & Sons, Inc., an insurance agency in Troy. He is a long-time member of the board of directors of the Hudson Valley Community College Foundation. He joined the board in 1994 and served as president or chairman from 1997 to 2006. Under his leadership, the Foundation experienced tremendous growth. He was recognized for his leadership in 2005, when he received the 1953 Award for Distinguished Service to Hudson Valley Community College by an Alumnus.
He has been involved in numerous community organizations, including the Troy CYO, the Rensselaer County Chamber of Commerce, the Society of the Friends of St. Patrick and the Troy YMCA. Mr. Fagan also is a former member of the Troy City Council and the Rensselaer County Legislature.
A graduate of Hudson Valley's Liberal Arts program, Fagan continued his education at St. Bonaventure University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. He and his wife, Rosemary, have two children.
The college's Board of Trustees has 10 members. Fagan is one of four appointed by the governor; five trustees are appointed by the Rensselaer County Legislature 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.
"An accomplished business leader and dedicated community volunteer, Bill Fagan brings a wealth of business and governance experience to the Board of Trustees," said Dr. Robert H. Hill II, chairman of the board. "We are fortunate that he has graciously agreed to serve his alma mater and share with us his insights and expertise."
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 12,500 students, and it is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has more than 65,000 alumni.