Welcome to MVCC
Welcome to Mohawk Valley Community College!
Whether you chose MVCC as a starting point for your education or as a vehicle to further your career, we are unwaveringly dedicated to your success. Our faculty, staff, and trustees are committed to creating a diverse, inclusive, and equitable environment where all students can feel safe to learn and grow during their time with us. MVCC has been changing lives with exceptional academic programs, activities, support, and athletics for nearly 75 years, and we are perpetually looking forward. In a rapidly changing world, we recognize the importance of not only keeping up, but staying ahead of economic and societal trends, keeping our programs current and classes relevant to best prepare you for what the future holds.
About the President - Randall J. VanWagoner, Ph.D.
Randall J. “Randy” VanWagoner, Ph.D., serves as the fifth president of Mohawk Valley Community College – a position he has held since July 1, 2007. He has served as chair of the New York Community Colleges Association of Presidents from 2015-2019.
Dr. VanWagoner came to MVCC after serving as the chief academic officer at Metropolitan Community College in Omaha, Neb., and the chief student affairs officer at Red Rocks Community College in Golden, Colo. He has been instrumental in the development of the national Strategic Horizons Network of community colleges and serves as the co-facilitator of the Network focused on learning about disruptive innovation and vibrant organizational cultures outside of higher education.
He received his graduate degrees from the Higher Education program at the University of Michigan–Ann Arbor; earned his bachelor’s degree in communications from Oakland University in Rochester, Mich.; and was a two-sport athlete at Mott Community College in Flint, Mich. He and his wife Jennifer live with their two daughters in New Hartford.
University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, Mich.
Doctorate of Philosophy: Higher Education Administration
Master of Arts: Community College Administration
Oakland University – Rochester, Mich.
Bachelor of Arts
Minor: Business Management
Mott Community College – Flint, Mich.
Major: Liberal Arts
Mohawk Valley Community College, Utica, N.Y.
President (2007 to Present)
Metropolitan Community College, Omaha, Neb.
Vice President for Learning and Academic Affairs (1999 to 2007)
Adjunct Faculty (Information Technology) (Fall 2004)
Red Rocks Community College, Lakewood, Colo.
Dean of Educational Support (1997-1999)
Registrar/ Director of Research & Planning (1996-1997)
Director of Institutional Research & Planning (1994-1996)
Adjunct Faculty (Information Technology) (Spring/Fall 1998, Spring 1999)
Washtenaw Community College, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Research Analyst (1992 to 1994)
Post-Graduate Training & Development
Strategic Horizon Network (2001-2006; 2008-Present)
Bi-annual colloquium focused on strategic thinking
Harvard University - Cambridge, Mass. (Fall, 2016)
Seminar for Experienced Presidents
Community Vision Award (2015)
Recipient of annual award from NAACP - Utica Chapter for community leadership efforts
Shirley B. Gordon Award (2012)
Recipient of national award from Phi Theta Kappa for presidential support of local student honor society
Community Visionary Award (2011)
Recipient of annual award from Mohawk Valley Community Action Agency for community leadership efforts
Educator of the Year Award (2009)
Recipient of annual award from the Asian-American Council for international education partnership efforts
Metropolitan Community College Heart of Hearts Award (2003)
Recipient of peer-nominated annual college award as the employee who best demonstrates the “heart” of the college.
Norman C. Harris Award (2002)
Recipient of University of Michigan School of Education faculty nominated award for outstanding accomplishments in the community college field.
All-College Meeting Spring Plenary Keynote and half-day administrative leadership workshop, January 24, 2020, SUNY Adirondack Community College, Queensbury, NY
Future Focused; Change Ready; Culture Strong
All-College Meeting Spring Plenary Keynote and half-day strategic planning facilitation, January 14, 2020, Columbia-Greene Community College, Hudson, NY
Strategic Horizon Network, Fall Colloquium Closing Keynote. With Dr. Marcia Ballinger. November 9, 2019, Las Vegas, NV
Shaping a Culture of Connection & Anticipation
College Student Personnel Association of New York State (CSPA), Pre-Conference Workshop and Fall Conference Plenary Keynote, October 20, 2019, Rochester, NY
Speed & Anticipation: Getting Governance Right
Association of Community College Trustees. Concurrent Session. October 18, 2019, San Francisco, CA
Courageous Change: Guided Pathways
All-Faculty Fall Professional Development, Plenary Keynote, October 8, 2019, Suffolk Community College, Brentwood, NY
Shaping Organizational Culture to Implement Guided Pathways
SUNY New York Student Success Center Guided Pathways Institute, Opening Plenary Keynote, October 3, 2019, Canandaigua, NY
Preparing for the Great Acceleration: Keys to Deep Culture Change (and the struggle for relevance)
New York Community College Trustees Association Fall Conference. With Trustee Tony Colon. September 21, 2019, Saratoga Springs, NY
Transformative Change in Community Colleges
Board of Trustees Retreat and All-College Plenary Keynote, August 5-6, 2019, Auburn, WA
Creating a Culture of Connection & Anticipation
All-day Administrative Retreat. July 23, 2019, Finger Lakes Community College, Canandaigua, NY
Assessment as a Lever for Equity and Cultural Change
Assessment Association of New York (AANY), Spring Plenary Keynote, April 12, 2019, Saratoga Springs, NY
Leading with Light in Uncertain Times
President’s Leadership Academy. Half-day workshop. April 11, 2019, Montgomery College, Rockville, MD
Creating a Culture of Connection and Anticipation
Spring Semester All-College Plenary, Jan. 15, 2019, Rockland Community College, Suffern, N.Y.
Competing on Culture: Driving Change in Community Colleges
(Invited Workshop Facilitator). SUNY SAIL Winter Leadership Retreat, Jan. 10-11, 2019, Rensselaerville, N.Y.
Leveraging the Board/CEO Partnership to Foster a Vibrant Organizational Culture
(With T. Colon and C. Kahler). Association of Community College Trustees Annual Conference, October, 2018, New York City, N.Y.
Relevance: Shaping Organizational Culture to Implement Guided Pathways
SUNY Guided Pathways Institute #3, Sept. 26, 2018, Mohawk Valley Community College, Utica, N.Y.
Creating a Culture of Anticipation
Strategic Planning Retreat, Aug. 15, 2018, Jefferson Community College, N.Y.
Leading Change, Shaping Culture
SUNY Guided Pathways Institute #1, March 16, 2018, Monroe Community College, N.Y.
Leadership Insights for IR in Disruptive Times
(Conference Opening Keynote Address), Northeast Association of Institutional Research, Nov. 19, 2017, Jersey City, N.J.
Creating a Culture of Anticipation
(Invited All-College Plenary Keynote), Saskatchewan Polytechnic, August 2017, Regina, Saskatchewan, and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Shaping Organizational Culture through Professional Development
(With S. Cain, M. Eannace, D. Pollard), American Association of Community Colleges Annual Conference, April 2017, New Orleans, La.
Creating a Healthy Board for a Healthy College
(With T. Colon, R. Frank, D. Mathis, T. Murrell), Association of Community College Trustees Annual Conference, October 2016, New Orleans, La.
The Transformational Power of Community Colleges
(Invited All-College Plenary Keynote), Mott Community College, September 2016, Flint, Mich.
(Invited workshop presenter), “We've Got Your Back” Student Success Statewide Conference, July 2016, Utica, N.Y.
(Invited luncheon keynote), Madison County Economic Development Summit, May 2016, Hamilton, N.Y.
(Invited presenter with M. Buttenschon), Middles States Association Institutional Follow-Up Workshop, March 2016, Philadelphia, Penn.
(with M. Buttenschon), Middle States Association Conference, December 2015, Washington D.C.
(with Dr. L. Glenn), Chair Academy Conference, April 2013, Phoenix, Ariz.
(with C. Haynes, J. Maio, K. Wunderlich), Chair Academy Conference, March 2012, Atlanta, Ga.
(with F. DuRoss & D. Ferro), National Council for Resource Development, November 2011, Washington D.C.
Higher Education’s Role in Strengthening Cybersecurity Capabilities-President’s Panel
Cybersecurity Summit at Utica College, June 2011, Utica, N.Y.
The Chair Academy Annual Conference, March 2011, Dallas, Texas
The Role of Continuing Education in Higher Education – President’s Panel
(With Dr. T. Schwarz & Dr. W. Richards) Continuing Education Association of New York (CEANY) Annual Conference, October 2010, West Point, N.Y.
Leadership in Action
(With Dr. R. Jubenville) National Council of Instructional Administrators Leadership Academy, April 2009, Phoenix, Ariz.
Association of Community College Trustees Annual Conference, September 2003, Denver, Colo.
(With S. Hoffman) Higher Learning Commission, North Central Association Annual Forum, April 2003, Chicago, Ill.
Reorganization to Transformation: Making the most of your efforts
(With T. Pensabene & J. Mangini) Consortium for Community College Development Summer Institute, June 2002, Kansas City, Mo.
Placement Paradox: Students’ Right to Fail or Right to Succeed?
ACT Nebraska State Conference, March 2000, Lincoln, Neb.
Organizational Climate: An Overlooked Dimension of Institutional Effectiveness
(With J.D. Brown) Association of Institutional Research, June 1999, Seattle, Wash.
Global Gold Mine: Uncovering Your Institution’s Strengths Before Internationalizing
(With R. Russell) National Association of Foreign Student Advisors, May 1999, Denver, Colo.
Lessons in Organizational Transformation
(invited by Robert Barr as co-keynote, with L. Bowman)
Aims Community College Staff Development Day, April 1999, Greeley, Colo.
Using the Web for Student Services
Community College Student Services Conference, February 1999, Denver, Colo.
Organizational Transformation: Honoring the Past–Creating the Future
(With L. Bowman & L. Spraggs) Conference on the Learning Paradigm, January 1999, San Diego, Cala.
Understanding Organizational Culture to Improve Strategic Planning
Society of College and University Planners, July 1998, Vancouver, BC
Joint Discovery: An NCA Assessment Plan in Action
(With V. Ingram, M. Smith, J.D. Brown) Colorado Regional Higher Education Assessment Conference, April 1996, Boulder, Colo.
Institutional Effectiveness: A Labor of Love
(With J. Parks–Andrews) Michigan Association of Institutional Research, October 1993, Cadillac, Mich.
VanWagoner, R. (2018). Competing on Culture: Driving Change in Community Colleges. Rowman & Littlefield. Lanhan, MD.
Tomanek, J., & VanWagoner, R. (2008, May/June). Taking learning seriously: A comprehensive adjunct faculty support system. The Adjunct Advocate: The Magazine for Adjunct College Educators, 22-29.
VanWagoner, R.J., Bowman, L.S., & Spraggs, L.D. (2005). Editor's choice: The significant community college. Community College Review. 33(1), 38–50.
VanWagoner, R.J. (2004, November). Strengthening general education – Back to the basics. Instructional Leadership Abstracts, 2(7), 1-2.
VanWagoner, R.J. (2004). Influencing the perception of organizational change in community colleges. Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 28, 715-727.
VanWagoner, R.J. & Bradman, H.L. (2003, June/July). The curriculum design studio: A curriculum committee alternative for the 21st century. Community College Journal, 42-43.
VanWagoner, R. & Hoffman, S.C. (2003). Engaging in accreditation: Using staff development to achieve total participation. In Van Kollenburg, S.E. (Ed.) A Collection of Papers on Self-Study and Institutional Improvement, 2003. Volume 4: The Self-Study Process for Commission Evaluation. 2003 Edition (pp.52-54). Chicago, Illinois: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
VanWagoner, R.J. (2003). Tips for survival in a forest of change. Academic Leader,19(3),8.
Raftery, S. & VanWagoner, R. (2002). Using learning communities to develop basic skills. Learning Abstracts, 5(9).
VanWagoner, R.J. (2002). The influence of institutional and individual characteristics on the perception of organizational change. (Doctoral dissertation). Available at Mohawk Valley Community College.
VanWagoner, R.J. (2001). A framework for academic planning: Engaging faculty in strategic dialogue. Omaha, NE: Metropolitan Community College. (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED454919)
Brown, J.D. & VanWagoner, R.J. (1999). Organizational climate: The overlooked dimension of institutional effectiveness. Seattle, WA: Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research. (ERIC Document Reproduction Service, No. ED433754)
- Volunteer Blood Donor (1991-1994, 2001-present)
- Co-Facilitator (2016-present)
- Coordinator of bi-annual colloquia programs for small network of community colleges focused on equity, disruptive innovation, and vibrant organizational cultures. (2016-present)
- Board of Directors (2013-present)
- Audit and Finance Committee (2018-present)
- Community Engagement Committee, Chair (2015-present)
- Governance Committee (2015-2018)
- Board of Directors (2013-Present)
- Executive Committee (2013-Present)
- Governance Committee, Chair (2013-Present)
- Board Member (2018-present)
- Board of Directors (2007-present)
- Executive Committee (2007-2009, 2014-2016)
- Member (2007-Present)
- President (2015-2019)
- Chief Academic Officers Group Liaison (2014-2015)
- Capital Funding Task Force (2009-2011)
- American Graduation Initiative Task Force, Chair (2009-2010)
- Website Task Force (2008-2009)
- Taskforce Co-Chair (2013-present)
University of Colorado-Denver Higher Education Leadership
- Doctoral Program Advisory Board (2018-present)
- Board Member (2019-Present)
- Audit Commitee (2019-Present)
- Member, Utica Chapter Board of Directors (2007-2009)
- Member, Mile High Chapter Board of Directors, Denver, Colo. (1997-1998)
- Advisory Council Chairperson, Jefferson County, Colorado Branch (1995-1998)
- Board of Directors, Executive Committee (2007-2009)
- Co–Chair, Education Committee (2008)
- Board of Directors (2010-2014)
- City Master Plan Community Steering Committee (2009-2010)
- Mayor Roefaro Transition Team, Education Co-Chair (2008)
- Council Member (2011-2013)
- Board of Directors, Executive Committee (2007-2009)
- Board of Directors (2008-2013)
- Vice President (2010-2013)
- Board of Directors (2008-2011)
- President's Council Chair (2011)
- Nominating Committee (2009-2011)
- Council Member (2011-2013)
- Vision Workgroup Chair (2011)
- Board of Directors (2017-2019)
- Community Chairperson (2008-2012)
- Member (2011-2014)
School and Business Alliance
- Board of Directors (2008–2011)
- Board of Directors (2008-2012)
- Arts in Education Committee Chair (2009-2010)
- Presenting Committee (2008-2011)
- Campaign Cabinet (2010, 2011, 2012)
- Community Investment Committee (2008-2010)
- Member (2007-2011)
- Board of Directors (2009-2010)