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August 14, 2011

College Bids Adieu to Dr. Robert Trullinger, Dean of the College’s Hudson Valley Center

Trullinger Head ShotRobert Trullinger dean of the college’s Hudson Valley Center since July 2000, has retired.

“Bob Trullinger has for more than a decade served SUNY Empire State College and its Hudson Valley Center with great distinction and has earned the lasting gratitude of the college community,” said President Alan R. Davis. “Under Bob’s leadership the center has graduated hundreds of students each year to the great benefit of our learners and the communities where they live and work. The college will miss the intelligence, wisdom and the professionalism Bob brought to his work each day.”

As dean of the Hudson Valley Center, Trullinger provided academic and administrative leadership for the center and its two regional units, including in areas such as enrollment management, budget development, faculty and staff evaluation, promoting diversity among students and faculty and integrating learning technologies into the academic program. As a member of the college’s President’s Council, he participated in long-range planning and the administration of the college overall.

Trullinger’s four decades of experience in higher education include service as vice president for academic affairs and vice president for adult degree programs at North Carolina Wesleyan College. Prior to that, he was responsible for all aspects of the management of the college’s degree programs for adult students. At Central Michigan University, Trullinger served as executive director for extended degree programs, where he managed a $20 million budget and worked directly with corporations and public agencies to provide degree programs for their employees.

Trullinger also has background as a development officer and professor of history and humanities. At the University of North Carolina at Asheville, where he taught from 1968 to 1979, Trullinger was chair of the humanities program.

Trullinger earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in history from Vanderbilt University. His B.A., from Gettysburg College, also is in history.

He is succeeded by Gary Lacy, Ed.D, who assumed the deanship of the college’s Hudson Valley Center on Aug. 4.

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