Steady Moono named president of Schenectady County Community College in New York

Schenectady County Community College May 29, 2015

Steady Moono named president of Schenectady County Community College

The Schenectady County Community College Board of Trustees announced on Wednesday, May 6, 2015, Dr. Steady Moono will be the College’s next president. Dr. Moono was officially appointed by the State University of New York Board of Trustees at it's meeting in Albany also on May 6. He will officially assume the role of SCCC President on July 1st.

Dr. Moono is currently the Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at the West Campus of Montgomery County Community College in Pottstown, Penn., where he has held leadership positions since 2005. Dr. Moono began his career in the field of higher education over two decades ago.

Dr. Moono has made education a top priority ever since immigrating to the United States from his native Zambia to attend college.

“Dr. Steady Moono brings to our institution not only an impressive resume in education and administration, but a track record of making a difference in the greater community,” said SCCC Board of Trustees Chair Ann Fleming Brown. “Our presidential search attracted a tremendous number of well qualified candidates looking to build upon the progress that's been made at our institution over the past few years, and I am more enthusiastic than ever about the future of SCCC with Dr. Moono in the President’s office. I am proud to officially welcome him to our community today.”

The College's presidential nationwide search returned more than 40 highly qualified candidates from across the country. The Presidential Search Committee included College staff, faculty and students, as well as members of the community, including leaders of businesses and nonprofits.

“I have spent a decade at Montgomery County Community College, and I am tremendously proud of all that has been accomplished there during my tenure. I look forward to getting to work at Schenectady County Community College,” said Dr. Moono. “The College has ambitious and unique programs and has grown its offerings in response to the real world around us, and I am eager to continue building upon that success.”

“Schenectady County is proud to welcome Dr. Steady Moono to our community and our College,” said Tony Jasenski, Chair of the Schenectady County Legislature. “The college is an integral part of our community and a key piece of our economic development efforts. We look forward to working with Dr. Moono to build upon our already successful programs and train our students for the jobs of the future.”

“Throughout an esteemed career of more than 20 years in higher education, Dr. Moono has amassed an impressive record of leadership and shown a capacity for providing students with the programs and support they need to succeed in college and career,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “SCCC, like each of the 30 SUNY community colleges across New York State, continues to be a top college choice among prospective students, educating nearly 16,000 each year. I have every confidence that Dr. Moono’s leadership will benefit the SCCC campus as well as the students, faculty, staff and local community it serves.”

About Dr. Steady Moono

Dr. Steady Moono came to the United States from Zambia in 1981 to get an education, and education has become his life’s work.

Dr. Moono earned a bachelor’s degree from Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, where he says that before he found two mentors who helped him feel at home, he struggled as a “young, lost African kid struggling to make it work at a U.S. college.” That experience helped shape his educational philosophies, as he would later found and oversee a nationally recognized mentoring program for minority students during his nearly 10 years at Montgomery County Community College’s West Campus in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, where he most recently served as Vice President.

Dr. Moono's work to establish the Minority Male Mentoring Program has been widely recognized. He is the recipient of the Yaffe-Smith Civil Rights Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Education and was named “Outstanding First Year Student Advocate” by the National Resource Center. He was awarded the 2011 Innovation of the Year Award at Montgomery County Community College. He and his wife are deeply involved in a non-profit project in Zambia that concentrates on rural drip-irrigation projects.

In 2009, Dr. Moono co-authored a textbook titled “Thriving in the Community College and Beyond (Strategies for Academic Success and Personal Development).”

In 2013, Dr. Moono published “Rules of the Road: The Tonga Proverbs,” with the goal of sharing with his children and others the traditions and rituals that he experienced growing up in southern Zambia.

Dr. Moono has earned a B.A. in Education from Messiah College, an M.A. in Counseling and Theology from the Biblical Theological Seminary, an M.A. in English from Arcadia University and a doctorate in Higher Education Leadership from Immaculata University.
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