SCHENECTADY, N.Y.—On Monday, June 19, the SUNY Schenectady County Community College (SUNY SCCC) Board of Trustees voted unanimously to extend Dr. Steady H. Moono’s contract as President of the College through June 30, 2023. Dr. Moono is currently in the second year of a three-year contract, having come onboard with SUNY SCCC in July 2015.
“Dr. Moono has transformed the College and prepared us for life in the 21st century,” said Ann Fleming Brown, Chair of SUNY SCCC Board of Trustees. “He never misses an opportunity to speak with students, to encourage students and to listen to students, and that’s just one of the ways he has set himself apart. He has become invested in the city of Schenectady, and I am so pleased by that.”
“He has increased our sensitivity to a broad range of academic programming, has forged new relationships with industries and also has progressive goals with respect to establishing means for our students to graduate from SUNY SCCC and into a four-year program,” said Bill Levering, Vice Chair, SUNY SCCC Board of Trustees. “Administratively, he was also able to settle some labor disputes which had been hanging over our heads for several years.”
President Moono expressed his desire to keep the College moving forward, as well as his appreciation to the Board for their support.
“These past two years have been very fulfilling,” said Dr. Moono. “I think we have done some really good work, and we have moved the College along in a positive direction with a number of significant accomplishments.”
Under Moono’s guidance, SUNY SCCC joined Achieving the Dream, a national network of colleges geared at doing everything necessary to support student success and degree completion, and also launched mentorship and student support programs as well as a series of new, career-oriented programming. He was presented with an Individual Achievement Award by the Human Rights Commission of Schenectady County in 2017 for “outstanding leadership and contributions that improve the human and civil rights of Schenectady County residents.”
“My initial vision for SUNY Schenectady County Community College and which is still true today, is that we want SUNY SCCC to be at the center of community revitalization. This is a vibrant place to be and a growing city which is reinventing itself, and we want the College to be a critical player in this process,” Moono said.
SUNY SCCC’s last two graduating classes have been the largest in the College’s history, and Moono said he is looking forward to what comes next: “We have a strategic plan that takes us through 2020 and which provides a blueprint for us to move forward, as well as a new facilities master plan which takes us through 2025 and we are in the middle of preparing to celebrate our 50th anniversary and launching a new capital campaign,” Moono said.
About SUNY Schenectady County Community College:
One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, which is the nation’s largest comprehensive system of higher education, SUNY Schenectady County Community College (SUNY SCCC) enrolls more than 6,200 students annually. Located in upstate New York, SUNY SCCC offers more than 55 degree, certificate and program options. The College opened its doors for classes in 1969 and continues to respond to local educational needs by providing affordable, comprehensive higher education and adult education opportunities. To learn more, visit sunysccc.edu.