Albany -- The SUNY Board of Trustees
today approved the appointment of Randall
J. VanWagoner as President of Mohawk Valley
Community College, effective July 2, 2007. The Board of Trustees at Mohawk Valley Community
College adopted a resolution appointing
Dr. VanWagoner as president on April 16.
“Mohawk Valley Community College
educates approximately 5,300 students each year, including more than 100
students from other countries, and I am confident Dr. VanWagoner’s experience
in public higher education will serve them well,” said SUNY Chancellor John R.
Ryan. “I would also like to thank Dr. Michael Schafer for his sustained and
superior leadership as president of the campus for 24 successful years.
“I had the pleasure of
meeting Dr. VanWagoner following his recommendation by the search committee and
I commend the Boards of Trustees at SUNY and Mohawk Valley Community College
for recognizing his talents and placing their confidence in him with this
“It is a pleasure to approve
the appointment of Dr. VanWagoner and we congratulate him on becoming the
president of Mohawk Valley Community
College,” said State University of New
York Board Chairman Thomas F. Egan. “
“We also thank Mike Shafer
for his more than two decades of tireless advocacy and dedicated leadership of
not only Mohawk Valley Community
College, but also for all 30 State
University of New York Community Colleges,” Chairman Egan added. “Michael
Shafer has earned our praise and the lasting respect of the greater State University
community and we wish him the very best as he begins a new chapter in his
Dr. VanWagoner said,
"It's an honor and a privilege to be chosen and approved as the next
president of Mohawk Valley Community
College. I look forward to continuing
the exceptional leadership the college has enjoyed under Dr. Michael Schafer,
and to beginning a new chapter in the history of New York's first community
Since 1999, Dr. VanWagoner
has served as Vice President for Learning & Academic Affairs at the
Metropolitan Community College (MCC), in Omaha, Nebraska. He served as Chief Academic Officer, provided
leadership to an administration that served a diverse student population of
9,500, and managed an annual instructional budget of more than $30 million.
While at MCC, he led an effort for a reorganization of the Educational Services
division and used collaborative processes to reorganize an administrative
structure that allowed for growth in full-time-equivalent enrollment of 33
percent in the past seven years.
From 1994 to 1999, Dr. VanWagoner
held numerous positions at Red Rocks Community
College in Lakewood, Colorado. His
positions included Director of Research and Planning, Registrar, Chief Student
Affairs Officer, and adjunct faculty. As Director of Research and Planning,
Dr. VanWagoner coordinated the strategic planning process and subsequently was
instrumental in designing the strategic planning process at MCC.
Dr. VanWagoner’s publications
and presentations cover a range of community college issues and he currently
serves as the President of the National Council of Instructional Officers – the
largest affiliate council of the American Association of Community Colleges.
Dr. VanWagoner holds a
Doctorate in Philosophy/Higher Education Administration and a Masters of
Arts/Community College Administration from the University of Michigan. He
received his Bachelor of Arts in Communications, minor in Business Management,
from Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan. He was a liberal arts transfer major from Mott Community College
in Flint, Michigan.
Founded in 1946, Mohawk Valley Community College
is a public, co-educational, two-year institution. Mohawk Valley Community College
offers choice, opportunity, and hope by providing accessible and affordable
higher education, training, and services that emphasize academic excellence,
diversity and a global view for all students.
The State University of New
York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States,
educating more than 417,500 students in 7,669 degree and certificate programs
on 64 campuses.