Two Named to Dutchess Community College Board of Trustees

Two Named to DCC Board of Trustees

February 18, 2015 – Denise Doring VanBuren, vice president of public relations at Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp., and Michael Francis Dupree, freelance writer and Hyde Park Planning Board chairman, were appointed to the Dutchess Community College Board of Trustees at its Feb. 10 meeting.

VanBuren was appointed by the Dutchess County Legislature for a term that will expire in 2021, while Dupree was appointed by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo for a term that ends in 2020.

VanBuren, who has worked at Central Hudson for more than 20 years, is well known in the community for her volunteer service with many local nonprofit organizations. Her current board affiliations include MidHudson Regional Hospital Board of Visitors, Elant Healthcare System, the Locust Grove Samuel F.B. Morse Historic Site, the Hudson River Valley Institute at Marist College and the American Cancer Society’s Dutchess County unit.

Dupree has 30 years of writing and editing experience, and has many past and present board affiliations. He currently serves as secretary on the Hyde Park Visual Environment Committee board in addition to sitting on both the Dutchess County Planning Board and the Beatrix Farrand Garden Association Advisory Board. He was the recipient of the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year award in 2004 and 2011.

“Denise and Michael are impressive both professionally and as leaders in our community,” said DCC Board Chair Thomas E. LeGrand. “The board and I look forward to working with them to ensure that Dutchess Community College continues to provide a quality education and an exceptional teaching and learning environment.”

Other members of the DCC Board of Trustees are Sherre Wesley, Betsy Brown, Barbara Hugo, Richard Keller-Coffey, Daniel P. Kuffner, Robert G. Rolison and Student Trustee Zoe Kozma.

Founded in 1957, Dutchess Community College is a two-year community college that has earned a reputation for providing an outstanding education at the lowest tuition in New York state. Its main campus is in Poughkeepsie, with a satellite campus in Wappingers Falls. For more information visit

Author: Harlem Valley News