SUNY Board of Trustees Appoints Hudson Valley Community College President, Chief Operating Officer at System Administration

November 15, 2017

Albany – The State University of New York Board of Trustees today appointed Dr. Roger A. Ramsammy as president of Hudson Valley Community College, and Robert Megna as senior vice chancellor and chief operating officer at System Administration.

About Dr. Roger A. Ramsammy

With a 23-year career in higher education, Dr. Ramsammy is a highly qualified leader with extensive community college experience. He served at three of the largest multi-campus colleges in the United States; as president of Miami Dade College's West Campus; provost and chief academic officer at Northern Virginia Community College Manassas Campus; and as associate dean of STEM and dean of academic affairs at Palm Beach State College.

Dr. Ramsammy has a wide range of experience in accreditation, assessment, and data collection, as well as fiscal responsibility and community outreach. Dr. Ramsammy also served as a commissioner to the American Association of Community Colleges National Commission on Diversity, Inclusion and Equity, and recently served as commissioner for Academic, Student, and Community Development.

Prior to his post-doctoral work at Georgetown University’s Lombardi Cancer Center, where he began teaching as an adjunct faculty member, Dr. Ramsammy earned a doctorate in molecular biology and master’s degree in genetics from Howard University. He holds a baccalaureate degree in biology from the University of the District of Columbia.

The effective date of his appointment is to be scheduled. He will receive a salary of $190,000.

About Robert Megna

As chief operating officer at SUNY System Administration, Robert Megna will oversee the operations of the chief information officer, SUNY Plaza business functions, capital facilities, campus energy management, and the Charter Schools Institute. He will serve as a key member of Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson’s leadership team, including advising on the university’s strategic planning initiatives. Megna joins SUNY System from Stony Brook University, where he was senior vice president for finance and administration.

He previously served as executive director of the New York State Thruway Authority and Canal Corporation, overseeing operations and finances, including the construction of the New NY Bridge to replace the Tappan Zee Bridge.

Prior to joining the Thruway Authority, Megna served as budget director for the New York State Division of the Budget. Under his leadership, New York State achieved its highest financial ratings in 40 years and the Division of Budget passed four on-time budgets for the first time since the 1970s.

Megna earned a master’s in economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and he received his bachelor’s in economics and a Master of Public Affairs, both from Fordham University.

About the State University of New York
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