Roger A. Ramsammy, Ph.D. became the seventh president of Hudson Valley Community College on July 1, 2018.

Roger RamsammyPresident Ramsammy has more than 30 years of higher education experience, including senior academic and administrative positions at three of the largest multi-campus colleges in the United States. He is the former president of the West Campus of Miami Dade College and previously served as provost and chief academic officer at Northern Virginia Community College. Prior to that, at Palm Beach State College, he was professor of Microbiology and Anatomy and Physiology, chair of Biology, associate dean of STEM and dean of Academic Affairs.

President Ramsammy has earned numerous awards for leadership, effective and inventive teaching, online instruction and academic program development, including the Virginia Governor's Award for the most innovative STEM program; the Florida Association of Community Colleges and Palm Beach State College Professor of the Year awards; and the Adjunct Professor of the Year award at Broward College. He was the recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. Cultural Foundation Outstanding Educator Award for his dedication to educational outreach for underserved populations and awarded an honorary doctorate of research by Isaac Newton University in Ciudad Quesada, Costa Rica. In addition, he was invited to participate in President Obama's STEM Education College Opportunity Initiative and led Northern Virginia Community College's contingent at White House meetings.

President Ramsammy serves on the American Association of Community Colleges Commission on Structured Pathways, where he previously was a commissioner for Academic, Student and Community Development as well as Diversity, Inclusion and Equity. He also serves on the board of directors of the New York State Economic Development Council; Regional Economic Development Council; Center for Economic Growth and its Advanced Manufacturing Workgroup; the United Way of the Greater Capital Region and its Community Impact and Investment Committee; and as a member of the Albany International Airport’s Regional Advisory Committee, the City of Albany’s COVID Recovery Task Force and Capital Region Chamber's Strategic Plan Directors' Workgroup.

President Ramsammy is a first-generation college student who recognizes the extraordinary potential of education to change both individual lives and communities. Prior to a post-doctoral fellowship at Georgetown University's Lombardi Cancer Center, he earned a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and a master's degree in Genetics from Howard University. He holds a bachelor's degree in Biology from the University of the District of Columbia.

He and his wife, Annette, have three children: Khalid, Josie and Shayda.

President Ramsammy was officially approved as Hudson Valley's seventh president by the college's Board of Trustees on Oct. 25, 2017 and by the SUNY Board of Trustees on Nov. 15, 2017. He began his tenure at the college on July 1, 2018 and follows former college presidents Dr. Andrew J. Matonak (2005-2018), Dr. Marco J. Silvestri (interim appointment from 2004-2005); John Buono (1998-2003); Dr. Stephen M. Curtis (1996-98); Dr. Joseph J. Bulmer (1979-1996); James J. Fitzgibbons (1965-1979); and Otto V. Guenther (1953-1965).

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Roger A. Ramsammy, Ph.D. became the seventh president of Hudson Valley Community College on July 1, 2018.