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Finalists Selected for Hudson Valley Community College Presidency

Following a national search, three candidates have been chosen as finalists for the presidency of Hudson Valley Community College.

They are: Dr. Ann Marie Murray - Associate Provost and Chief of Staff, University at Albany, and former president of Herkimer County Community College; Dr. Roger Ramsammy - Former President, West Campus, Miami Dade Community College; and Dr. Julie A. White - Senior Vice President of Student Engagement and Learning Support, Onondoga Community College. Brief biographies:

The finalists were recommended to the college's Board of Trustees by a 24-member presidential search committee comprised of faculty, staff, students, alumni, trustees, foundation board members and community leaders. College Board of Trustees Chair Neil Kelleher leads the search committee.

Kelleher said, "We have three very strong and well qualified candidates who are capable of successfully leading Hudson Valley into the future. I greatly appreciate their interest in joining our college, and I also thank the members of our search committee for their time and hard work. They have been incredibly productive, respectful and cohesive, as they worked in the best interest of the college to carefully deliberate and select our finalists."

The process began this spring with the appointment of the presidential search committee and hiring of the executive search firm, Isaacson, Miller. Following meetings with members of the college community, the firm organized a national recruitment effort and presented candidates with a variety of backgrounds and experiences. Finalists will participate in interviews and meetings on campus from Oct. 10-17, and one will be selected for approval by the college's Board of Trustees and SUNY Board of Trustees.

Drew Matonak, Ed.D., the current and sixth president of Hudson Valley Community College, informed students, faculty and staff in June 2016 of his plans to retire in August 2018 after 13 years of leadership at the college and a career in higher education spanning four decades.

Kelleher praised Matonak following his announcement. "Drew has provided remarkable leadership for Hudson Valley through a period of incredible growth and dynamic change. We're extremely grateful for his years of dedication to the college and also for his commitment to partnership and service within the greater community."

For more information about the presidential search, visit

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