Changes alter Hudson Valley organizational structure

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Durgin McCue

News Editor

Some notable changes to Hudson Valley’s administration will take effect this fall. The college will have a Vice President for Technology, Institutional Assessment and Planning, as well as a handful of new deans.

Dr. Michael Green, formerly Executive to the President for Institutional Effectiveness and Strategic Planning, will now be Vice President for Technology, Institutional Assessment and Planning. In a statement, President Drew Matonak’s office said the change reflected an increasing focus on assessment and the use of technology to improve the college’s administrative functions and learning environment.

“[Green] will be overseeing anything involving information technologies as well as assessments,” said Dennis Kennedy. “We go through a variety of assessment activities to ensure that we reach the standards we set out for ourselves, as well as the standards set forth by accrediting agencies.”

Dr. Margaret Geehan will assist Green as the Dean of Institutional Assessment. According to the statement from Matonak’s office, “[Geehan] will oversee the implementation of recommendations recently provided by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and ongoing assessment activities.”

Geehan’s former position of Dean of Liberal Arts and Health Sciences will be divided into two new dean positions, one for Liberal Arts and one for Health Sciences. According to Kennedy, the school used a two-dean system in the past, with Dean Phillip White overseeing the School of Business and the School of Engineering and Industrial Technologies and Dr. Geehan overseeing the School of Health Sciences and the school of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Starting this academic year, the school will be using a three-dean system.

“Dr. Carol Bosco was the department chair for nursing. She’s now the interim dean of health sciences,” said Kennedy. “We are currently searching for the other dean.”

Along with the other changes Liberal Arts and Individuals studies are now two separate departments. According to the statement from Matonak’s office Brian Vlieg will head a department that consists of special programs, Health Science Certificates, and Individual Studies.

“That was a big change for the college,” said Kennedy. “Those two departments house the most students.”

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