Onondaga Community College Past Presidents

Meg O'ConnellMargaret M. O'Connell

Interim President - July 2012 to June 2013 

Margaret M. O’Connell was appointed Interim President of Onondaga Community College by the Board of Trustees, effective July 1, 2012. Prior to this role, she served on the College’s Board of Trustees as Board Chair from 2010 to 2012 and as a Trustee from 2006 to 2010. She also served as the Executive Director of the Allyn Foundation, a highly respected nonprofit organization with assets of $28 million. Ms. O’Connell earned a B.A. degree, cum laude, from Dartmouth College and was one of 10 students chosen for a Senior Fellowship to work on an independent research project for publication.

SydowDr . Debbie L. Sydow

President - July 2000 to June 2012 

B.S. in English, University of Virginia College at Wise; M.A. in English, Marquette University; Ph.D. in English, Indiana University of Pennsylvania; Vice President of Academic and Student Services at Mountain Empire (VA) Community College 1995 to 2000; Acting President in 1998 at Mountain Empire; Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences Division SW Virginia Community College at Richlands.  Dr. Sydow was named President of Richard Bland College in 2012.  She was granted president emerita status at Onondaga in 2012.  More info is available on her blog at http://debbiesydow.wordpress.com/  

Dr . Joseph J. Bulmer

Acting President - July 1999 to June 2000 

B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; M.S. in Chemical Engineering and Nuclear Engineering from University of Michigan; Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; 24 years as manager and nuclear engineer at Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory; President Hudson Valley Community College (Troy, NY) 1979 to 1996; Interim President Sullivan County (NY) Community College.  After OCC, Dr. Bulmer became Interim President Fulton-Montgomery (NY) Community College. He died October 6, 2006, in Saratoga Springs, NY.

RaismanDr . Neal A. Raisman

President - August 1997 to June 1999 

B.A. University of Massachusetts; M.A. and Ph.D. in English, University of Massachusetts; Assistant to President of University of Cincinnati; Dean of Arts and Sciences at Lansing (MI) Community College; President Rockland Community College, Suffern (NY) 1993 to 1997. After OCC, Dr. Raisman started a consulting firm; became affiliated with Colleges of Baltimore (MD) Council; and in 2009 was an educational consultant in the Columbus, OH area.

Barrett L. Jones

Interim President - July 1996 to July 1997 

Retired CEO and President of Key Bank of Central New York; OCC Board of Trustees 1987 to 1992 and Board Chair 1991 to 1992. In 2002, Mr. Jones established the Juanita Jones Crumrine Endowed Scholarship Fund at OCC to honor his mother. 

LeslieDr . Bruce H. Leslie

President - February 1984 to July 1996 

B.A. Baldwin-Wallace College; M.A. Sam Houston State University; Ph.D. University of Austin, TX; Vice President Prairie State College (Chicago Heights, IL). After OCC, Dr. Leslie became Chancellor of the Community-Technical Colleges of Connecticut; Chancellor of Houston Community College 2001 to 2006; and since 2007, Chancellor of the Alamo Colleges in San Antonio, TX. 

Dr . Thomas D. Sheldon

Interim President - October 1983 to February 1984 

B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. from Syracuse University; Principal and coach Minoa (NY) High School; Army service in World War II; 174th Tactical Fighter Group 1961 and 1962; Colonel US Air Force (retired) and Brigadier General NY Air National Guard; Deputy Commissioner of Elementary, Secondary and Continuing Education NYS Education Dept.; President Utica College of Syracuse University 1977 to 1982; Professor of Educational Administration at Syracuse University 1983; Interim President Mohawk Valley Community College (Utica, NY) 1983. After OCC, Dr. Sheldon became affiliated with the Baltimore (MD) School System and was a trustee of the National Aerospace Education Foundation. He died August 14, 2006, in Bridgeport, NY. 

Dr . Albert T. Skinner

Interim President - July 1977 to October 1977 

B.S. in Mathematics and Physics, Alfred University; M.A. Secondary School Administration, Columbia University; Ph.D. Higher Education, Syracuse University; taught at Patchogue and Smithtown (NY) High Schools; Sampson College (Geneva, NY); retired after 22 years as Dean and President of Cayuga Community College (Auburn, NY) 1958 to 1977. He died November 27, 1992, in Auburn, NY.

PaloumpisDr . Andreas A. Paloumpis

President - November 1977 to October 1983 

B.S. in Biological and Physical Science from Illinois State; M.S. in Aquatic Biology and Ph.D. in Fisheries Biology from Iowa State University; U.S. Army Air Corps 1943 to 1946; first President of Winston Churchill College, Pontiac, IL; Vice President Academic Affairs at Illinois Central College, Peoria, IL. After OCC, Dr. Paloumpis became President of Hillsborough Community College, Tampa, FL, 1983 to 1997, and Interim President of Luzerne (PA) Community College, 2000 to 2002. He died January 6, 2006, in Tampa.

MangesDr . Roger J. Manges

President - May 1975 to May 1977 

B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. from Purdue University; on the faculty of the School of Education at Purdue 1966 to 1974; Dean and Director of Fort Wayne Campus of Purdue University 1971 to 1974. After OCC, Dr. Manges became Vice President of Ball State University in Muncie, IN. 


Dr . Roy A. Price

Interim President - August 1973 to May 1975 

B.A. in Philosophy from University of Chicago; Ed.M. and Ed.D. from Harvard; retired as Chair of Doctoral Programs in Social Science at Syracuse University. After serving as Interim President, he continued at OCC as a consultant. He died May 25, 1992, in DeWitt, NY.

RappDr . Marvin A. Rapp 

President - June 1966 to August 1973 

B.A. from Colgate University, Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa; Master’s and Ph.D. from Duke University; U. S. Army Air Corps Intelligence (World War II); Vice President and Executive Dean of Nassau Community College, Mitchell Field, Long Island, NY 1961 to 1966. After OCC, Dr. Rapp was appointed Special Assistant to the Council on County Colleges in Trenton, NJ; continued his publications on the history of New York State with a particular interest in the Erie Canal and in Ontario County; served on the Board of Trustees for Finger Lakes Community College; and received the New York State Outstanding Community College

Dr . Karl D. Larsen 

Acting President - January 1966 to June 1966 

B.A. and M.A. from University of Maine; Ph.D. from Penn State University; Chair of Physics Dept., LaFayette College, PA; Onondaga Community College Dean of Faculty. After OCC, Dr. Larsen went to the University of Bridgeport (CT) Physics Dept. He died February 23, 1990, in Bridgeport, CT.  

AlmsteadFrancis E. Almstead 

President - February 1962 to December 1965  

B.S. and M.S. from St. Lawrence University; science teacher Coeymans, Clinton and Bellmore (all NY) High Schools; NYS Education Dept. Supervisor of Secondary Education; U.S. Navy 1942 to 1946; U.S. Office of Education 1946; SUNY Executive Dean for Institutes and Community Colleges, developed statewide ETV network for NYS Education Dept. After OCC, Mr. Almstead became Director of Technical Services and Research at St. Lawrence University 1966 to 1981. He died December 13, 1985, in Schenectady, NY.