August 8, 2011

Gary Lacy Appointed Dean of SUNY Empire State College’s Hudson Valley Center

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Gary Lacy SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Aug. 8, 2011) – Alan R. Davis, president of SUNY Empire State College, has announced the appointment of Gary Lacy as dean of the college’s Hudson Valley Center. Lacy comes to the college from Springfield College, Springfield, Mass., where he served as associate dean of the School of Human Services since 2005.

Both SUNY Empire State College and Springfield College’s School of Human Services primarily serve an adult population.

At Empire State College, Lacy will be responsible for enrollment management, budget development, faculty evaluation and supervision of all center personnel. He also will work toward 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 will participate in long-range planning and the administration of the college overall.

“Dr. Lacy has experience in educating adults face-to-face at multiple locations and through online learning, which also are fundamental education elements of Empire State College,” said Davis. “He also possesses abilities as an administrator and a leader. Gary Lacy is a welcome addition to the college, and I look forward to working with him as the college moves forward with strategic initiatives such as Open SUNY.”

“My new colleagues at Empire State College do what I have spent a large portion of my career doing and that is giving adult learners the opportunity to better themselves and their families through education,” said Lacy. “I am excited about moving forward on initiatives that will allow many more adults to earn college degrees, which not only helps the individual, but also will have a broader positive impact on the economy and society of the Hudson Valley.”

The School for Human Services provides adults with access to bachelor’s and master’s degrees delivered through 11 campuses throughout the U.S. and via online courses.

Lacy’s achievements include revision of the school’s general education program, a revamping of the graduate curriculum, directing the college Institutional Review Board process, opening of a new campus in Houston, Texas, and initiation of Springfield College’s first online program.

Lacy holds a doctorate in education and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a Master of Arts degree in psychology from Bowie State University. His bachelor’s degree in liberal studies from Shaw University in Raleigh, N.C. incorporated more than 30 credits through prior learning assessment, which is important because Empire State College is a nationally recognized leader in the evaluation of prior college-leveling learning for credit.

In his career, Lacy has moved between higher education and the not-for-profit sector, where he contributed to the well-being of children and youth through service, advocacy and policy development. He has held executive positions in the national PTA, the Children’s Defense Fund and the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative. He served as director of graduate studies and assistant professor at Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio.

Lacy succeeds former Dean Robert Trullinger, who is retiring.

“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 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.”

About SUNY Empire State College

Celebrating its 40th anniversary throughout 2011, SUNY Empire State College was established in 1971 to offer adult learners the opportunity to earn associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the State University of New York. Students learn through independent studies, online courses, seminars and residencies. Learners also may earn credit for prior college-level learning from work and life experience.

The college serves more than 20,000 students worldwide at 35 locations in New York state and online. Its 63,000 alumni are active in their communities as entrepreneurs, politicians, business professionals, artists, not-for-profit agency employees, teachers, veterans and active military, union members and more.

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