SUNY Schenectady County Community College is an environment where dreams are developed. It is a place committed to being a visionary leader in learning and in providing opportunity. The College is focused on a Mission and Vision that combines education with our desire need for workforce training and development. Thus, the College has formed the following Mission and Vision Statements through our Strategic Plan from 2015-2020, “Our College. Our Future.”
We are an inclusive, collaborative community, built on a foundation of excellence in teaching and learning, quality support services, and a personalized approach to education, which empowers our students and engages our communities.
We will be the regional leader in supporting and expanding innovative and collaborative educational programs that transform our students and communities.
To promote the work of the College and ensure the educational community joins in implementing our Mission and Vision Statement, the President has formed a diversified leadership team. The President’s Council includes nine members that frequently meet with the College President to review, discuss, and plan strategic initiatives for the College.
Dr. Steady H. Moono, President
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Mr. Steve Fragale, Dean of Student Affairs
As the Dean of Student Affairs, Steve Fragale provides oversight of and strategic direction to the College's Admissions, Academic Advisement, and Financial Aid units. Additionally, Mr. Fragale provides direction for new student orientation and serves as the College’s primary designated official for international student advisement. He has worked for the College for 19 years and served most recently as the Dean of Enrollment Management and Student Success. He holds a Master’s degree in Clinical and Behavioral Psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth.
Mr. Antoine Harrison, Chief Information Officer
Antoine Harrison’s technology experience has kept pace with the technology industry for the last 17 years. In 2013 Mr. Harrison became the Chief Information Officer for Schenectady County Community College. As the Chief Information Officer he works closely with the President to provide strategic leadership that focuses on the college’s strategic plan. Mr. Harrison’s is challenged to deliver innovation, vision, project coordination and communication to a diverse pool of faculty, executives, and students to provide an outstanding and reliable experience for both online and offline learning. Mr. Harrison holds an M.S. in Information Science from the University at Albany.
Dr. Penny Haynes, Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs & Provost
As the Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs & Provost, Penny Haynes provides oversight of and strategic direction to the College's five academic divisions, Academic Services, online education, Library, Registrar and the TRiO program, among other areas of responsibility. Previously she held positions at other institutions of instruction: Campus Director, Vice President and Associate Dean. She holds an Ed.D. from Teacher’s College, Columbia University in Organizational Learning and Leadership, Adult Education, an M.A. from Binghamton University, a B.S. from SUNY Oneonta, and an A.A.S. from Broome Community College.
Dr. DeShawn McGarrity, Executive Director of SUNY College and Career Counseling Center
As the Executive Director of the SUNY College and Career Counseling Center (SUNY CCCC) at Schenectady County Community College (SCCC), Dr. McGarrity oversees programs and services for educationally, and economically disadvantaged Capital District residents age 16 and older by providing employment, educational assistance services (i.e., GED attainment, applying to college, etc.), financial literacy, and community resources. The SUNY CCCC is located in the heart of downtown Schenectady at Center City, is administered by Schenectady County Community College and is a part of the State University of New York's University Center for Academic and Workforce Development (UCAWD). A two-time SUNY graduate, Dr. McGarrity earned her B.A. in Speech Communication from SUNY Potsdam, the M.A. degree in Women's Studies from the University at Albany, and the D.M. (Doctor of Management) degree in Community College Policy and Administration from the University of Maryland University College. She is a graduate of the SUNY Leadership Academy hosted by the SUNY Leadership Institute and a graduate of the University of Maryland University College Executive Leadership Program. Prior to Dr. McGarrity’s second appointment at SCCC, over the past 18 years, she has held administrative positions at the University at Albany, Clarkson University, and Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts."
Dale Miller, Director of Institutional Research
As Director of Institutional Research, Dale Miller is responsible for federal, New York state, and SUNY system data reporting. Additionally, he analyzes internal data on graduation rates, retention rates, admission patterns, and program review data. Prior to becoming the Director of Institutional Research in 2016, Mr. Miller was employed for 12 years as a senior data analyst for a health insurance company. Mr. Miller holds a B.A. from the University of Kansas.
Ms. Paula Ohlhous, Chief of Staff
Ms. Ohlhous is Chief of Staff to the President and the liaison to the College’s Board of Trustees. She began her career at the College in 2007 as the Coordinator of the Annual Fund and Business Gifts in the Office of Planning and Development. In 2009, she became the Assistant to the President and Board of Trustees. In May 2014, her position was realigned as Chief of Staff in the Office of the President. Ms. Ohlhous holds an A.S. in Business Administration from Schenectady County Community College and a B.S. in Business Administration, from the College of Saint Rose. Additionally, she is pursuing a Master’s degree in Social and Public Policy at Empire State College. From October 2012 through May 2014 she served as President of the Junior League of Schenectady and Saratoga Counties (JLSS). She is very active in her community and has served on various boards such as the YWCA of NENY, Autism Society of the Greater Capital Region, Treasurer, and a member of the Executive Committee for the Women’s Ministry at Princetown Evangelical Church.
Mr. Charles Richardson, Vice President of Administration
As Vice President for Administration, Charles J. Richardson oversees the College’s budget, financial services, buildings and capital projects, security, and human resources. Prior to becoming Vice President of Administration in 2012, Mr. Richardson worked as a Town Finance Director in the New York City suburbs and in various state and county budget positions in Maryland. Mr. Richardson holds a M.A. from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. from Syracuse University.
Ms. Marcia Steiner, Vice President of Development and External Affairs
As Vice President of Development and External Affairs, Marcia Steiner provides oversight and strategic direction for the SCCC Foundation which engages the community and donors to cultivate, secure and steward philanthropic support and partnerships in support of the College’s mission and strategic priorities. She previously held positions of Director of Community Relations, Director of Development, Executive Director of the Foundations and Director of Major Gifts and Stewardship at regional health systems. She holds a B.S. in education from the SUNY College at Buffalo, MBA from Niagara University as well as a CHAP (Catholic Healthcare Administrators Program) Certificate from the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens and St. John’s University.
Mr. David Regan White, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
David White is the Director of Marketing and Public Relations at the College. He is responsible for the integrated brand marketing strategy, internal communications and media relations for the College. He leads a team of professionals to manage digital communications, web strategy, print collateral editorial and public affairs in support of the College Mission. White has over 16 years of experience in creating and managing digital marketing and traditional communications strategies in the B2B and B2C space with 8 years of direct experience in the higher education with Excelsior College and SUNY Empire State. He has private sector experience with IHS GlobalSpec and Department of Defense (DoD) service with the Watervliet Arsenal and Benet Labs. White is a US Army veteran of seven years and served in Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) as a Russian voice interceptor at Field Station Berlin in Berlin, West Germany during the Cold War. He is a graduate of SUNY Empire State College with a B.S. in Marketing and the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC) in Monterey, CA with a Russian language certification degree.
Dr. Jalisa Williams, Executive Director of Human Resources
Dr. Jalisa Williams has more than15 years of expertise in the field including: organizational development; talent strategy; employee relations; cultural competency; diversity and inclusion; classification and compensation; and strategic planning and executive initiatives. Dr. Williams has success in building and fostering relationships within an organization, as well as with external stakeholders, creating an environment of inclusiveness, a key component for diversity retention, and identifying an organization’s diversity return on investment (DROI). She holds her Doctor of Law and Policy from Northeastern University-College of Professional Studies, an MBA with a focus on Human Resources Management from The Sage Graduate Schools-The Sage Colleges of Albany and BBA in Human Resources Management. She has also studied at Cornell University in partnership with New York State’s Public Management Institute for her Management Development certification.
Ms. Denise Zieske, Vice President of Workforce Development and Community Education
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As the Vice President of Workforce Development and Community Education, Denise Zieske oversees the College’s portfolio of non-credit courses including professional and career development, business education and training, community education/personal enrichment offerings, healthcare training, online offerings and is the main contact for the START-UP NY program. She joined the college in December of 2015 and previously worked at Tech Valley High School, the Albany County Airport Authority, Center for Economic Growth and the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce (now the Capital Region Chamber of Commerce). She received her undergraduate degree from Drew University and Masters in Business Administration from the University at Albany.