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09/24/2010
Brian Zweig Named to Hudson Valley Community College Board of Trustees Photo Available

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072, e.bryant@hvcc.edu
FOR RELEASE: Friday, Sept. 24, 2010

Brian Zweig
Brian Zweig
Brian Zweig of North Greenbush, a business owner and Rensselaer County native, has been appointed to the Hudson Valley Community College Board of Trustees.
Zweig was appointed to the seven-year term by Governor David Paterson. He replaces Paul W. Zuber, who has served on the 10-member board since 2001.

For the past 12 years, he has operated Business Opportunities Management Consulting, which helps businesses develop new products and markets, including international distribution channels. The consultancy also helps business owners secure funding for expansion and start-ups. He has nearly 30 years of executive, marketing and product development experience, including management positions with the Charles Freihofer Baking Company, Garden Way and Certified Marketing Services.

Zweig also is active in the community, having recently served a term as Rensselaer County legislator representing the Towns of East Greenbush, North Greenbush and Poestenkill. He has served on the boards of the Rensselaer County Farmers Market, the Rensselaer County Soil & Water Conservation Board and the Rensselaer County Agriculture & Farmland Protection Board. He is a former president of the Rensselaer-Taconic Land Conservancy, a not-for-profit land trust that promotes open space protection and served on Capital District Transportation Committee's commuter rail sub-committee.

Zweig was a founding member of the Tech Valley Angel Network and currently serves on the advisory board for the Tech Valley Global Business Network. He is also a member of the Rensselaer County and Albany Colonie Regional Chambers of Commerce.

"Brian Zweig is a dedicated community volunteer, and brings a wealth of 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 the college."

Zweig is a graduate of Columbia High School and received a B.S. in applied economics and business management from Cornell University. He also received an M.B.A. from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College.

He and his wife, Sylke, reside in North Greenbush.

The college's Board of Trustees has 10 members. Zweig 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.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 13,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 65,000 alumni.