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10/21/2011
The Honorable Conrad H. Lang, Jr. Elected Chairman of Hudson Valley Community College Board of Trustees Photo Available

CONTACT: Dennis Kennedy (518) 629-8071, d.kennedy1@hvcc.edu
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, Oct. 21, 2011

Conrad H. Lang, Jr.The Honorable Conrad H. Lang, Jr., retired Rensselaer County Surrogate Court Judge, is newly elected as Chairman of the Hudson Valley Community College Board of Trustees. He had served as vice chairman since 2003. His term as Chairman began Oct. 25.

Elections were held during the Board's annual meeting in September. Dr. Joseph A. Kapp, president of Elmhurst Research Inc., was elected Vice Chairman, and George J. Raneri and Suzanne Kalkbrenner were re-elected Secretary and Assistant Secretary, respectively. Judge Lang replaces Dr. Robert H. Hill II, who was elected Chairman in 2003.

A prominent citizen in Rensselaer County, Judge Lang served the Surrogate Court from 1995 to 2002, as a county legislator (1990-1995), Sand Lake Town Justice (1982-1989) and Deputy Rensselaer County Clerk (1970-1974). In addition to an active private law practice, he also worked as an assistant district attorney in Rensselaer County, as Town of Grafton attorney and in the late 1960s as an attorney for the Troy Urban Renewal Agency, following service as chief clerk of the Rensselaer County Surrogate Court. A graduate of Troy High School and Union College, Judge Lang received his law degree from Albany Law School in 1957. He and his wife, Elizabeth, have three adult children and eight grandchildren.

The Lang Technical Building on the Hudson Valley Community College campus is named for Conrad H. Lang, Sr., the new chairman's father. The elder Lang was an original member of the college's Board of Trustees from 1953 to 1976 and served as chairman from 1973 to 1976.

"I am indeed honored and humbled to assume the office I've aspired to since witnessing firsthand my father's dedication to the college and its commitment to providing a superior, affordable education for all who seek it," Judge Lang said. "I will do my best to ensure that each and every student continues to benefit from this important mission."

"Since Hudson Valley's founding in 1953, the Lang family has been steadfast in providing support and leadership for this institution," said Drew Matonak, college president. "In light of the college's long tradition of excellence, it is fitting that Judge Lang follow in his father's footsteps as Trustee Chairman. His guidance will be crucial in the years ahead."

President Matonak also paid tribute to former Chairman Hill, who has served as a trustee for over 20 years. "Bob Hill has been a transformative figure in the development of this college. Under his leadership and vision, Hudson Valley has become one of the most respected community colleges in the country. He has been a friend and a mentor to me, and I look forward to his continued involvement with the college."

The college's 10-member Board of Trustees is appointed by the Governor, who names four members, and the Rensselaer County Legislature, which names five members to serve seven-year terms. One member is elected by the student body for a one-year term.

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