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Vice President for Academic Affairs Troy, NY

Hudson Valley Community College (HVCC) seeks a strategic, innovative leader to serve as its next Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA). The new VPAA will join HVCC at an exciting time in its history with the arrival of a new president and his ambitious vision to continue and enhance HVCC’s reputation for academic excellence and meaningful impact on its students and its community.

Founded in 1953, HVCC is a part of the 64-campus State University of New York (SUNY) system. Located in Troy, just outside of Albany, HVCC attracts a diverse student body, including many local high school graduates, online learners, transfer students, career-changers, and other non-traditional students. HVCC has distinguished itself by the significant role it plays in providing access to outcome-based education and opportunities for college success for both high-achieving and also underprepared students. The college’s dedication to its mission and the supportive and caring way in which it educates its students have contributed to the transformational experiences so many students have had at the institution. To that end, HVCC offers a number of student support programs to serve the academic needs of specific populations including the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), which provides one-on-one tutorial and counseling services for New York State applicants from low-income households. That support has yielded impressive results. Ninety-seven percent of HVCC’s graduates either transfer successfully to other institutions or are gainfully employed.

The college, which draws students from New York’s Capital Region as well as from around the state, offers more than 80 associate degree and certificate programs through its four schools: Business, Engineering and Industrial Technologies, Health Sciences, and Liberal Arts and Science, educating more than 11,000 students per semester, 5,900 full-time and 5,700 part-time. More than 20 programs are offered in an online format, and the college also offers courses in the evening and at multiple locations in the community. In addition, through the College in the High School program, more than 2,100 students enroll in more than 90 HVCC credit-bearing courses offered at their high schools. More than 20 school districts partner in the college’s Early College High School program as well. Strong continuing education, summer offerings and community/workforce development programs, many of which are tied to local economic development demands, are also offered by the college. HVCC has 80,000 alumni, employs nearly 600 faculty and 450 staff, and has an annual operating budget of $96 million.

Reporting to the President and serving as a liaison to the Board of Trustees, the Vice President for Academic Affairs is the chief academic officer of the institution. The VPAA will be expected to work closely with the President to realize his vision for a more entrepreneurial, forward-looking college. The VPAA will lead a consultative process to assess HVCC’s curriculum and ensure all programs and pedagogies meet or exceed student expectations as well as workforce and economic development demands. Student recruitment, retention, and success initiatives will be of critical importance. Internally on campus, as the leader of the academic affairs division, the VPAA will ensure administrative structures are effective, mentor and develop department chairs and deans as well as other academic leaders, engage the faculty, and foster a culture of transparency and communication within a unionized, shared-governance model. Externally, the VPAA will be a champion for HVCC, its programs, faculty, and students. This individual will represent the college with a number of external constituents with the aim of increasing HVCC’s visibility, impact, and reach.

Review of nominations and applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applications should include a curriculum vitae and letter of interest that is responsive to the challenges above. 

Kate Barry is leading this search with Donna Cramer and Elizabeth Dorr.

Hudson Valley Community College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. 

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