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May 21st, 2013

College President, Planning Firm Senior VP Join Pattern Board

NEWBURGH – SUNY New Paltz President Donald Christian and AKRF Senior Vice President Graham Trelstad have been appointed to Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress Board of Directors. The board approved their appointments at the organization's  May 13 board meeting.

Christian and Trelstad join a 35-member board that includes business owners and executives, nonprofit directors, educators, developers, and environmental leaders from across the Hudson Valley. The board helps to shape and drive Pattern’s mission of promoting regional, balanced and sustainable solutions to quality-of-life issues through independent research, planning and advocacy.

The Pattern Board welcomed the two additions as they added a public university president to the board as well as a professional planner.  "We are very pleased to have added Don and Graham," said Pattern Board President Larry Wolinsky. "They will provide thoughtful leadership from their respective fields and continue to ensure regional representation for our organization." 

Donald Christian was appointed the eighth President at the State University of New York at New Paltz, in June 2011. Prior to that, he served as interim president and as provost and vice president for academic affairs at the college. In addition to serving as President, Dr. Christian is a professor in the biology department. Prior to his arrival at New Paltz, Christian was dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and a professor of biology at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Previously he served as associate dean for the biological sciences at the University of Montana and he held many positions at the University of Minnesota-Duluth including chair and professor in the biology department. Christian earned a B. S. in wildlife biology, and an M. S. and Ph.D. in zoology from Michigan State University.

Graham Trelstad, AICP, is Director of Planning for the Hudson Valley office of the New York City-based firm, AKRF. Mr. Trelstad graduated with a B.A. in Urban Studies from Columbia University and received an M.E.S. from the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He has more than 15 years of experience in community and regional planning, environmental impact assessment, integrated transportation and land use planning, and visual impact assessment. As a regional and environmental planner, and serves as the planning consultant to a number of towns and villages throughout the Hudson Valley. Mr. Trelstad has completed several regional planning studies that integrate land use with transportation and traffic management; combine land use planning, economic development, and water quality protection in the New York City watershed area; and consider regional tourism strategies in rural communities.

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