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Neil J. Kelleher Appointed to Board of Trustees for Hudson Valley Community College Photo Available

CONTACT: Deborah Renfrew (518) 629-8072,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, March 3, 2011

Neil J. KelleherNeil J. Kelleher of Lansingburgh, a former employee of Hudson Valley Community College and former member of the Rensselaer County Legislature, has been appointed to a six-year term on the college's Board of Trustees.

Kelleher retired from Hudson Valley in 2010 after 23 years as a physical plant supervisor and special assistant to the president for capital projects. He was a member of the Rensselaer County Legislature from 1990 to 2010, serving the last 14 years as its chair. In his role as a legislator, he worked with the college on capital projects, budgets and master plans.

The ten-member board of trustees is the governing body of the college, overseeing administrative and academic matters. Kelleher's appointment was made by the legislature; other members are appointed by the governor of New York. Kelleher replaces James J. Brearton, a former Rensselaer County legislator, who was first appointed to the board in 1983 and served for 23 years.

"After my past associations with Hudson Valley, serving on the board of the college seemed like the natural next step for me," said Kelleher of his appointment. "While this institution has done more for me than I can ever come close to repaying, I'm honored that the legislature has given me an opportunity to try."

Kelleher is currently a member of several other boards, including the Lansingburgh Boys and Girls Club and Capital Region Off Track Betting Corporation. He is president of the Hudson Mohawk Recovery Center Board of Directors, and a past president of the Society of the Friends of Saint Patrick board.

A 1991 graduate of Hudson Valley Community College, Kelleher received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2000 for his many civic and charitable accomplishments. He was named Troy CYO Man of the Year in 2009 and the Friends of 112th Street Man of the Year in 2003.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 associate's 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 14,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has more than 65,000 alumni.