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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 2021-2026, “Many Voices, One Call.”

  • Mission Statement: Driven to empower every student in their pursuit of lifelong success.
  • Vision Statement: To inspire every student’s success through equitable practices, innovative education, and community engagement.  

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

Headshot of Dr. Steady Moono Dr. Steady H. Moono


Read Dr. Moono's full biography.





Headshot of Dr. David ClicknerDr. David Clickner

Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Planning






Headshot of Stephen FragaleStephen Fragale

Interim Dean of Student Affairs

Mr. Fragale returns in interim capacity as the Dean of Student Affairs. He previously served the College for twenty-two years in various capacities beginning as Counselor before transitioning into administration as Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs, Acting Vice President of Student Affairs, and Dean of Enrollment Management and Student Success. Mr. Fragale spent the last year at Schenectady Community Action Program working on housing and employment issues with previously incarcerated County residents. He will oversee and provide leadership in Financial Aid, Code of Conduct, Student Government Association and Clubs, Veteran Services, Athletics, Wellness and Support Services, Counseling, ADA Transition Services, COVID Testing Protocols, International Students, and Immunizations.


Headshot of Dr. Cheryl Renee GoochDr. Cheryl Renée Gooch

Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr. Cheryl Renée Gooch has spent more than 20 years in higher education as a Professor, Department Chairperson, Campus Director and Academic Dean at two and four-year institutions serving diverse student populations, including traditional and post traditional; minority; first-generation; and international students.

Most recently, she served as Dean of Arts and Humanities at Cumberland County College (now Rowan College of South Jersey) and as Dean, School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Lincoln University of Pennsylvania.

She works continuously to develop and improve programs that provide pathways for students to continue their education and/or receive training to ensure they are career and work ready.

Dr. Gooch’s accomplishments in the Community Development sector, include service as a Community Builder for the New York State Office of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development where she developed educational and job training programs for low-income and underemployed residents, and forged partnerships with Cisco Systems and Communities in Schools.

Dr. Gooch holds a Ph.D. in Mass Communication from Florida State University; M.S. in Journalism from Northwestern University; and a B.A. in Political Science from Howard University.

She actively teaches and publishes in the areas of mass media and social history and is the author of numerous articles and two books: Hinsonville’s Heroes: Black Civil War Soldiers of Chester County, Pennsylvania (The History Press) and On Africa’s Lands: The Forgotten Stories of Two Lincoln Educated Missionaries in Liberia (Lincoln University Press). 


Headshot of Dr. DeShawn McGarrityDr. DeShawn McGarrity

Executive Director of Schenectady College and Career Outreach Center

As the Executive Director of the Schenectady College and Career Outreach Center (SCCOC), Dr. McGarrity oversees programs and services that serve as the first point of entry and access into educational, employment, or training pathways of opportunity for community residents (not currently enrolled college students). Located on the first floor of Center City, SCCOC is an outreach center administered by SUNY Schenectady County Community College and is part of the SUNY’s University Center for Academic and Workforce Development (UCAWD) that provides strategic direction for and funding to 2 Outreach Centers (OCs), 10 Educational Opportunity Centers (EOCs), and over 35 ATTAIN Labs statewide. Dr. McGarrity holds a D.M. (Doctor of Management) in Community College Policy and Administration from the University of Maryland Global Campus, an M.A. in Women's Studies from the University at Albany and a B.A. in Speech Communication from SUNY Potsdam. She is the recipient of the SUNY Educational Opportunity Program Distinguished Alumni Award (2018) and she serves on various boards, committees, and maintains various memberships to organizations within the higher education profession and in the community. This is Dr. McGarrity’ s second appointment with SUNY Schenectady. Over the past 20 years, she has also held administrative and adjunct teaching positions at the University at Albany, Clarkson University, and Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts.


Headshot of Stacy McIlduffStacy McIlduff, CFRE

Vice President of Development and External Affairs

In her role as Vice President of Development and External Affairs, Stacy McIlduff is the College’s liaison to the Schenectady County Community College Foundation, Inc. She is responsible for planning and implementing development programs to generate support for College priorities in conjunction with the Foundation Board of Directors, including academic programs, capital projects, scholarships and student other support initiatives. Ms. McIlduff has worked in development since 2007; she has diverse experience within the nonprofit sector raising funds in the fields of healthcare, human services, the arts, and higher education. She is a member of the Association for Fundraising Professionals, and holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from SUNY Empire State College.


Headshot of Paula OhlhousPaula 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 SUNY Schenectady County Community College, a B.S. in Business Administration from the College of Saint Rose, an Advanced Certificate in Human Resource Management, and a M.A. in Community and Economic Development from SUNY Empire State College. From October 2012 through May 2014 she served as President of the Junior League of Schenectady and Saratoga Counties. 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. She currently serves on the YMCA Duanesburg Advisory Council.

Headshot of Alicia Richardson.Alicia Richardson

Interim Chief Diversity Officer

Ms. Richardson, in her role as Interim Chief Diversity Officer, develops, implements, and assesses campus compliance with Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion policies. She works collaboratively with all campus offices to elevate inclusiveness and implement best practices; in addition, she will serve as a part of a system-wide network of Chief Diversity Officers to support the State University of New York’s overall diversity goal.

Ms. Richardson began her career at SUNY Schenectady in 2009 as a participant in the College’s Internship Program for the Development of Minority Faculty. She became a full-time instructor at SUNY Schenectady in 2010, was granted tenure in 2020, and named full professor in 2021. As a member of the division of Liberal Arts, she taught developmental studies courses, College Composition, and literature courses including African American and Hispanic Literature.

In 2015, Ms. Richardson received the Capital District Leadership Council on Inclusion Multicultural Service Award, and in 2018, she received the State University of New York Chancellors Award for Faculty Service. As a member of the campus community, Ms. Richardson served as Academic Senate Chair, Developmental English Coordinator, and recently worked with campus leaders to develop and implement a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Professional Development initiative.

Ms. Richardson earned a Master of Arts in Africana Studies from University at Albany in 2009 and a Bachelor of Arts in English from University of Saint Joseph (formerly known as Saint Joseph College) in 2005.


Headshot of Patrick RyanPatrick C. Ryan

Vice President of Administration

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 Master's of Business Administration from SUNY New Paltz and a Bachelor's of Arts degree from John Carroll University.  


Sarah Wilson-Sparrow's headshotSarah Wilson-Sparrow

Executive Director of Workforce Development & Community Education
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Sarah Wilson-Sparrow is the Executive Director of Workforce Development and Community Education, overseeing all workforce, community education, and healthcare programming, as well as healthcare apprenticeship. Prior to this, Sarah served as the Project Director of SUNY Apprenticeship as Healthcare Lead, Project Coordinator in Partnership Development at SUNY Empire State College, and as Program Coordinator specializing in industry driven program development in the areas of Craft Brewing/Distilling, Advanced Manufacturing, IT Software Development, and Horticulture and Emergency Medical Technician at SUNY Schenectady. She holds an M.A. in Adult Learning from SUNY Empire State College, a B.A. in English Literature from Skidmore College and an A.A. from Fulton-Montgomery Community College.