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History and Governance
History and Governance


Recognizing the challenges posed to public health and safety following the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City; Orange, Ulster and Rockland Community Colleges formed the Hudson Valley Domestic Preparedness Consortium. Grant support for the Consortium was sought from the State of New York. A grant from the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York for $4 million was awarded to the Colleges in 2007. The goal of the funding was to enable the colleges to purchase and install interactive television training technology at their respective campuses. The interactive technology enabled enhanced on site and distance learning opportunities, Courses could be taught online, via interactive television or in a blended format. Sullivan Community College subsequently joined the Consortium in 2007.

An Affiliation Agreement, developed by the Colleges, provided the framework for implementation of the Consortium. Important student benefit features enabled by the Consortium, is that students may receive their degrees from their home institutions, are able to take all liberal arts courses from their home institution yet participate in credit and non-credit programs offered at Consortium member community colleges in other locations.

The initial academic programs (Associate of Science) identified for development by the Consortium were Emergency Management (Ulster),Fire Science (Rockland) Cyber-Security (Orange) and Paramedic (Rockland). Sullivan later took the lead in developing the first academic courses to be offered in the Innovative Technologies realm, Wind Turbine Technology and Green Building Management. In the last year, emphasis has increased on the development of Consortium Continuing Education courses, allowing an expanded use of the Interactive Video training technology and enhanced revenue generation opportunities for the Colleges. On a fiscal basis, the Consortium Colleges share expenses, losses and revenues to ensure appropriate equity.


The Hudson Valley Educational Consortium is governed by the Executive Committee, composed of the Chief Academic Officers and support staff of member community colleges. The Executive Committee meets monthly to address significant Consortium policy and resource issues that require executive direction and to cooperatively advance academics, continuing education, and administrative issues. This body of staff also supports development and implementation of policies, joint programs, state submittals, etc.

The four Consortium member SUNY Community Colleges offer Associate in Applied Sciences degree programs with one another through articulation agreements, opening their courses to one another's students, in both the academic and continuing education disciplines. Hudson Valley Educational Consortium member Colleges work cooperatively to not only further the mission of the respective college but also to develop and meet regional educational needs.

Consortium Presidents

The Presidents of the four member community colleges meet periodically to guide the Consortium's growth and strongly promote the leveraging of each institution's academic strengths. The region's community colleges perform a critical function in educating the workforce of the next generation. The Hudson Valley Educational Consortium has evolved and continues to transform itself to serve the community.

The Consortium Presidents

The Hudson Valley Educational Consortium Presidents

(Left to Right) Dr. Donald Katt, President, Ulster County Community College; Dr. William Richards, President, Orange County Community College; Dr. Karin Hilgersom, President, Sullivan County Community College;
Dr. Cliff L. Wood, President, Rockland Community College