Andrew J. Matonak, Ed.D.
Sixth President of Hudson Valley Community College
Andrew J. Matonak, better known around campus as "Drew," assumed the presidency of Hudson Valley Community College on April 18, 2005. President Matonak's tenure has been marked by impressive growth and innovation in academic programming and student services, as well as the transformation of the college’s 120-acre campus through a $200 million Facilities Master Plan.
Under President Matonak’s leadership, the college introduced more than 20 new degree and certificate programs – including Clean Energy Management, Entrepreneurship, Mechatronics and Surgical Technology to name a few – while significantly expanding online course offerings and high school pipeline programs. He was instrumental in the creation of the college’s highly successful Clean Technologies & Sustainable Industries Early College High School partnership, a New York State P-TECH program, as well as the delivery of online courses to high school students.
President Matonak has overseen the expansion of progressive student support services as well, including the creation of the Center for Academic Engagement, the Marvin Library Learning Commons, New Student Orientation, the Science Study Center, the Wellness Center and student access to CDTA bus transportation anywhere in the region.
President Matonak has overseen the construction of a pedestrian-friendly, high technology campus with several new state-of-the-art buildings, including the $47.4 million, 100,000-square-foot Science Center which opened in August 2013. Other highlights include the $13.5 million Training and Education Center for Semiconductor Manufacturing and Alternative and Renewable Technologies (TEC-SMART) opened in January 2010 in Malta, NY, a $4.5 million, 800-space parking garage and a $9.4 million Administration Building opened in 2010. A new $4.5 million Outdoor Athletic Complex will be complete in 2016.
Under President Matonak’s leadership, enrollment records at the college were set in three consecutive years – fall 2008, 2009 and 2010 – with more than 14,000 students. He also successfully led the college through public funding changes and enrollment fluctuations following the Great Recession.
President Matonak initiated and successfully completed the college's first comprehensive fund-raising campaign, the $10 million "Promise of Our Region" campaign. The college also secured multi-million dollar grants from the National Science Foundation and U.S. Department of Labor under his leadership.
President Matonak led the college’s strategic planning and Middle States Association reaccreditation processes, including the college’s self-study which evaluates and assesses every aspect of operations, from mission, goals and objectives, to academics, student services, administration and strategic planning.
In the greater community, President Matonak is a past president of the New York Community College Association of Presidents and past chairman of the Capital Region Chamber (formerly Albany/Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce) Board of Directors. He currently serves as a member of the Capital Region Economic Development Council and on the boards of the Capital Region Chamber, Center for Economic Growth, Capital Region Sponsor-A-Scholar, Capital Region Workforce Investment Board, First Niagara Bank's Regional Advisory Board, Saratoga Economic Development Corporation Board of Governors and Troy 2020 (co-chair). He is a member of the Voluntary Framework of Accountability (VFA) Advisory Committee of the American Association of Community Colleges. In 2017, President Matonak was honored with the University at Albany Foundation Academic Laureate Award and the Hudson Valley Community College Foundation Leadership Award.
Prior to his arrival at Hudson Valley Community College, President Matonak served three years as president of Northwest Iowa Community College. His career in higher education administration was shaped by his decision to attend Butler County Community College in Butler, Pennsylvania following high school. He wanted to ensure other students had the same opportunity for success that was given to him. He continued his education at The College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio, where he earned a bachelor's degree in sociology, followed by a master's degree in student personnel administration from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, and a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Houston in Texas.
He also served as vice president for student development and an adjunct instructor at Lakeland Community College in Kirtland, Ohio; dean of student affairs at Horry-Georgetown Technical College in Conway, South Carolina; assistant dean of student affairs at the University of Houston; the admissions and records coordinator at Lee College in Baytown, Texas; and assistant dean of student development and coordinator of career development and placement for the Eastern Iowa Community College District.
President Matonak and his wife, Karen, have a daughter, Taylor.