College Leadership & Vision

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.”

Mission Statement

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.

Vision Statement

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.

President’s Council

Dr. Steady Moono Dr. Steady H. Moono, President
(518) 381-1304

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Dr. Penny HaynesDr. Penny Haynes, Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs & Provost

(518) 381-1374

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 McGarrityDr. DeShawn McGarrity, Executive Director of SUNY College and Career Counseling Center

(518) 631-2262

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."


Paula OhlhousMs. Paula Ohlhous, Chief of Staff

(518) 381-1201

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.


Patrick RyanMr. Patrick C. Ryan, Vice President of Administration

(518) 381-1210

As Vice President for Administration, Patrick C. Ryan oversees the College’s budget, financial services, buildings and capital projects, security and human resources. Prior to becoming Vice President of Administration in 2017, Mr. Ryan served a variety of leadership positions at SUNY System Administration and at two campuses within the State University of New York. Mr. Ryan holds a Masters of Business Administration from SUNY New Paltz and a Bachelors of Arts degree from John Carroll University.  






Denise ZieskeMs. Denise Zieske, Vice President of Workforce Development and Community Education

(518) 595-1101, x3001

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.