Executive Search Profile

Due to the retirement of President Casey Crabill at the end of the current fiscal year, the Onondaga Community College Board of Trustees seeks confidential nominations and expressions of interest for the College’s ninth President. The successful candidate will build upon the accomplishments the College made under the leadership of President Crabill and lead the institution to greater heights as it continues to provide quality educational programs and services to residents of Central New York.

This website provides information regarding the opportunity and the search process, including the Presidential Profile, timeline, search committee, and how to apply. In addition, updates will be periodically posted as milestones are reached. 

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Onondaga Community College, one of 30 two-year colleges in the State University of New York system and located in central New York state, is currently searching for its 9th College President. The College is a nationally recognized leader among the nation’s community colleges, with a steadfast commitment to student success, excellence in teaching and learning, and a history of strong investment in facilities and technology necessary for a 21st-century institution of higher education. OCC is Central New York’s partner in education for success.

The College is home to a diverse student body of nearly 9,000 students enrolled in 46 credit degrees and certificate programs, which continue to grow in terms of depth and breadth each year. OCC is well-recognized for its beautiful main campus, which sits on 280 acres and offers more than a dozen academic and student services buildings, including the Whitney Applied Technology Center, Academic II, four residence halls, and the recently remodeled Coulter Library. The College fields 17 men’s and women’s athletic teams, including the NJCAA National Champion Men’s Lacrosse team which plays at Lazers Stadium, a 2,000-seat athletic facility, which sits adjacent to the 6,000-seat SRC Arena and Events Center. In addition, OCC at Liverpool, serves students who live and work in the northern suburbs of Onondaga County.

The OCC Board of Trustees has retained R.H. Perry & Associates to assist with the national search for Onondaga Community College’s next president. This website provides information regarding the search, including the prospectus, timeline, search committee, and key milestones. For more information and to apply, please visit RHPerry.com.

Search Committee Co-chairs

  • Melanie Littlejohn, Trustee, Board of Trustees; Trustee Representative
  • Paul Mello, Trustee, Board of Trustees; Trustee Representative

Search Committee Members

  • Rebbeca Buff, Administrative Assistant to Academic Affairs; CSEA Representative
  • Dr. Donna DeSiato ’69, Trustee, OCC Board of Trustees; Alumni & Trustee Representative
  • Hon. David Knapp, Onondaga County Legislator; Onondaga County Representative
  • Joseph Logiudice, Student Representative
  • Mark Manning, Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer; Executive Council Representative
  • Ann Rooney, Deputy County Executive: Human Services; Onondaga County Representative
  • James Seeley, OCC Foundation Board of Directors; Community Representative
  • John Sindoni, Trustee, OCC Board of Trustees; Trustee Representative
  • Naomi Stewart, Assistant Director of Coaching; Professional Administrators Representative
  • Nina Tamrowski, Professor of Political Science & Faculty Senate President; Faculty Representative
  • James Taylor, Professor, Chair of Hospitality Management & Chair of Chairs; Faculty Representative
  • Dr. Fantasia Thorne-Ortiz, Professor of Library; Faculty Representative
  • Dr. Larry Weiskirch, Professor of Biology & President - OCC Federation of Teachers & Administrators; Faculty Representative
  • Johanna Duncan-Poitier, Senior Vice Chancellor of Community Colleges and the Education Pipeline, State University of New York; Ex-officio Representative

RH Perry & Associates is one of the most experienced, and most successful executive search firms in the country. The firm's primary focus is to assist institutions of higher education in the identification and selection of their leadership.

Established in 1974 by Robert H. Perry, the firm is headquartered in Asheville, North Carolina, and their consultants maintain offices in Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington and Washington, DC. 

RH Perry offers excellent credentials and experience in academic executive search, having successfully completed well over 1,000 searches in its history. The firm’s higher education practice consists of senior-level executives with a well-balanced mix of college and university presidential and senior administrative experience and executive search expertise. RH Perry conducts its search practice with two-consultant teams supported by our dedicated Senior Associates and staff.



Phase 1 - Needs Assessment

October 2021

  • Pre-search study
  • Presidential search committee named
  • Input sessions with campus and community

Phase 2 - Candidate Recruitment and Initial Screening

November - December 2021

  • Presidential profile posted and application portal opens (November 3, 2021)
  • Applications due (December 6, 2021)
  • Search committee screening begins

Phase 3 - Selection & Evaluation

December 2021 - February 2022

  • Initial interviews by search committee with semifinalist candidates (January 2022)
  • Finalists selected and forwarded to Board of Trustees (Early February 2022)

Phase 4 – Campus Interviews

February 2022

  • Finalist interviews with Board of Trustees
  • Finalist meetings with the Campus Community

Phase 5 – Appointment

March - July 2022

  • Board of Trustees selects final candidate for presentation to SUNY Chancellor
  • Finalist interviewed by SUNY Chancellor and members of the SUNY Board of Trustees
  • Final candidate approved by the SUNY Board of Trustees at SUNY Board Meeting (April) and jointly announced by OCC and SUNY
  • OCC’s 9th President assumes office (July)