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James Fitgibbons, Joseph Bulmer and John Buono From left to right, former Hudson Valley Community College Presidents James J. Fitzgibbons, John L. Buono and Joseph J. Bulmer share a moment together at a luncheon in May 2003 that was hosted by then President Buono as part of the college's year-long 50th anniversary celebration.

Dr. Marco J. Silvestri

Dr. Marco J. Silvestri • 1942 - 2015
Interim President, 2004-2005

Dr. Marco J. Silvestri served as interim president of Hudson Valley Community College from Jan. 1, 2004, through April 18, 2005.

During Dr. Silvestri’s tenure, the college broke the 12,000-student mark for the first time in its history. The college also received reaffirmation of its accreditation by the Middle States Association; initiated a planning and assessment process; maintained current and planned for future enrollment and fiscal stability; achieved energy independence with the operation of the college’s cogeneration facility; negotiated new contracts with unions on campus at the Educational Opportunity Center; and implemented a more effective institutional advancement function for the college.

Prior to serving as interim president, Dr. Silvestri served as the college’s vice president for administration since 1984. He has more than 28 years of experience in the areas of postsecondary education finance, capital construction planning, human resources administration, academic planning and evaluation, program registration, institutional and program accreditation and government relations.

Dr. Silvestri also served as dean of academic affairs and dean of administrative affairs at Niagara County Community College. He received his bachelor’s degree in business administration, his M.B.A., and his Ph.D., in higher education all from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

John Buono

John Buono
President, 1998-2003

John Buono was the only Hudson Valley president who also was an alumnus of the college. A 1968 graduate of the college, President Buono returned to his alma mater to serve as president after a distinguished career in public service. President Buono acted to establish collaborative initiatives with other academic institutions, local businesses and civic organizations. Also under President Buono's tenure, the college placed an increasing emphasis on articulation agreements, ensuring Hudson Valley graduates a seamless transfer to selected four-year degree programs. President Buono's administration oversaw the construction of the Joseph L. Bruno Stadium, the Guenther Enrollment Services Center and the college's co-generation plant.

Stephen M. Curtis

Dr. Stephen M. Curtis
President, 1996-98

The fourth president of Hudson Valley Community College was Dr. Stephen M. Curtis. During President Curtis' brief tenure at Hudson Valley, the college began a partnership with TimeWarner Cable to offer interactive video courses to area high schools. Dr. Curtis introduced the college's first Family Day, attracting 1,100 freshmen and their families.

Joseph J. Bulmer

Dr. Joseph J. Bulmer • 1929 - 2006
President, 1979-1996

Under the leadership of Joseph J. Bulmer, Ph.D., Hudson Valley became one of the most respected and acclaimed community colleges in the state. During his tenure as Hudson Valley's third president, the college expanded its mission to include innovate community outreach programs, faculty and student minority recruitment efforts, and the promotion of educational accessibility for persons with disabilities. President Bulmer directed the formation of the college's Academic Senate. The college continued to modernize its facilities to keep pace with the latest advancements in educational technology. Construction of the college's new Telecommunications Center was completed, and the state-of-the-art facility was dedicated the Bulmer Telecommunications Center, in honor of President Bulmer's service.

Hudson Valley remembers Dr. Bulmer (October 2006)

Reflections on a Leader – the Legacy of Dr. Joseph J. Bulmer
by Dr. Lucille A. Marion

James J. Fitzgibbons

James J. Fitzgibbons • 1915 - 2005
President, 1965-1979

Hudson Valley's second president, James J. Fitzgibbons presided over an impressive period of growth at the college that saw the rise of five new buildings and a 4,000-student increase in enrollment. During his tenure, Hudson Valley's curricula grew from 18 to 38 academic programs, and the college was organized into five academic divisions. His presidency spanned turbulent years of student activism and faculty unionization in the late 1960s and early '70s.

Otto V. Guenther

Otto V. Guenther • 1897 - 1969
President, 1953-1965

Otto V. Guenther was selected in 1953 as the first president of the newly established Hudson Valley Technical Institute. Under his leadership the college's enrollment grew rapidly, and new programs were added. In 1957, President Guenther received approval from the Rensselaer County Board of Supervisors for the construction of a new campus. In 1959, the name of the college was changed to Hudson Valley Community College to reflect its broader educational mission. The college completed its move to the new campus on Vandenburgh Avenue in 1961. During President Guenther's 12-year tenure, the college enrollment grew from just 88 students to almost 3,000.