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09/13/2011
Susan L. Kutryb of Latham Named Chairperson of Mathematics and Engineering Science Department at Hudson Valley Community College Photo Available

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072, e.bryant@hvcc.edu
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011

Susan L. KutrybSusan L. Kutryb, a member of the Hudson Valley Community College faculty for 18 years, has been named chairperson of the Mathematics and Engineering Science Department at the college.

A Latham resident, she holds the rank of associate professor and takes over a department that serves approximately 100 students majoring in the Engineering Science degree program and 70 students pursuing the Liberal Arts and Science: Math and Science degree, as well as hundreds of additional students from other academic areas.

Kutryb has taught numerous courses during her tenure at the college and has been actively involved in the mathematics department's development of distance learning courses as well as hybrid courses, which combine online and classroom learning. She has served as an academic advisor for Math and Science and Engineering Science students and also was a liaison to adjunct faculty members in the College in the High School program, which allows Hudson Valley to offer college-level courses in local high schools during the regular school day.

In 2010, she was the recipient of the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching and in 1997 received the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Outside of her teaching career, Kutryb is involved in professional development, having served as a board member and president of the New York State Mathematics Association of Two-Year Colleges.

Kutryb received her Bachelor of Science in secondary education/mathematics from SUNY Plattsburgh and her master's degree in mathematics from the University at Albany.

Kutryb replaces Beth Ernest, who served as interim department chair following the retirement of Cherie Pash-Corr in 2010.

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 14,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 65,000 alumni.