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02/21/2017
Dr. Fabian Vega is new Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Hudson Valley Community College

Dr. Fabian VegaDr. Fabian Vega has been named the new Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Hudson Valley Community College. Dr. Vega’s expertise includes undergraduate and graduate-level teaching, administrative and managerial experience, and several years of teaching in community colleges, four-year public and private colleges, and universities, as well as supervisory experience in the educational community and mental health field and experience in business.

At Hudson Valley, Dr. Vega will be responsible for providing operational leadership, direction and management to the Division of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He will also be responsible for developing new programs, certificates, and courses of study, as well as developing external relations and initiatives to continue to increase enrollment and diversity.

“We’re happy to welcome Dr. Fabian Vega to the Hudson Valley community as our new Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences,” said Hudson Valley Community College President Drew Matonak. “His wide range of experience in higher education provides an excellent foundation for this role, and we look forward to working together with him to continue to expand the offerings of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences.”

Dr. Vega most recently worked as Associate Dean of the Education and Behavior Social Science Department and at Baltimore City Community College in Baltimore, Md., where he also served as an associate professor of psychology, psychology coordinator, general studies transfer degree coordinator, and psychology adjunct coordinator. During his time at Baltimore City Community College, he supervised faculty in the Early Childhood Education, Teacher Education, Special Education, Allied Human Services, Addiction Counseling, Legal Assistant, Criminal Justices, Psychology, Health and Life Fitness and General Studies departments.

Dr. Vega earned his Ph.D in Psychiatry and Religion from Union Theological Seminary in New York City in 2004. Prior to that, he also earned his Master of Philosophy from Union Theological Seminary, as well as a Master of Divinity from Yale University, Master of Science in Counseling from Neumann College in Aston, Pa., and Bachelor of Science from Valley Forge Christian College in Phoenixville, Pa.

The primary goal of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences is to provide a rich foundation in the liberal arts and sciences that will enable students to realize their potential as self-sustaining individuals and contributing members of society. Liberal Arts and Sciences courses allow students to develop their abilities in critical thinking, analysis, problem solving, communication and interpersonal relations. The School of Liberal Arts and Sciences graduated 867 students in 2016, accounting for 45% of the college’s total graduates. Programs within the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences include Animal Policy, Biological Sciences, Biotechnology, Chemical Dependency Counseling, Coaching, Criminal Investigation, Criminal Justice, Digital Media, Early Childhood, Early Childhood Administration, Engineering Science, Environmental Science, Exercise Science, Fine Arts, Fitness Specialist, Forensic Science Studies, Health and Wellness Studies, Health Sciences, Human Services, Individual Studies, Liberal Arts & Sciences - Adolescent Education, Liberal Arts and Science: Humanities and Social Science, Liberal Arts and Science: Mathematics and Science, Physical Education Studies, Physical Sciences, Public Administration Studies, Special Education Assistant, Teaching Assistant, Theatre Arts, and Worksite Health Promotion.

Dr. Vega has also worked as an associate adjunct professor of psychology for the School of Professional Development at Trinity Washington University in Washington, D.C.; as an affiliate faculty member in psychology, graduate studies at Loyola University in Baltimore; as an adjunct faculty member in psychology at Norwalk Community College in Norwalk, Conn.; as an adjunct faculty member in behavioral science at Dutchess Community College in Poughkeepsie, and as a professor of psychology at Valley Forge Christian College.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 80 associate degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of nearly 11,500 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has 80,000 alumni.