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Hudson Valley Community College Appoints New Associate Dean of Instructional Support Services and Retention Photo Available

CONTACT: Deborah Renfrew (518) 629-7180,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, Sept. 26, 2011

Karen Ferrer-MunizHudson Valley Community College announces the appointment of Karen Ferrer-Muniz as Associate Dean for Instructional Support Services and Retention.

Ferrer-Muniz will oversee Hudson Valley's Marvin Library, Learning Centers and Placement Testing Department. She also will coordinate all departments' student retention initiatives.

A resident of Colonie, Ferrer-Muniz comes to Hudson Valley with nearly two decades of experience as an educational administrator specializing in student development and programming. She has a teaching and training background in multicultural awareness, social justice and leadership skills, among other subjects. Her most recent position was as director of Multicultural Affairs for Union College where she was responsible for developing and implementing programs to foster academic and personal development of the student population.

She has worked with several professional associations, including Centro Civico Hispano-Americano Inc., Girl Scouts of America and the Children's Museum of Science and Technology.

Ferrer-Muniz received her bachelor's degree from Inter American University of Puerto Rico and a master of arts in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from the University at Albany. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in Multidisciplinary Studies on Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Educational Administration at the University at Albany.

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