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 currently is serving his second term as chair of the New York Community Colleges Association of Presidents, a position he has held since 2015.
Dr. VanWagoner came to MVCC after serving as the chief academic officer at Metropolitan Community College in Omaha, Nebraska and the chief student affairs officer at Red Rocks Community College in Golden, Colorado. 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; his B.A. in communications from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan; and was a two–sport athlete at Mott Community College in Flint, Michigan. He and his wife Jennifer live with their two daughters in New Hartford.
Founded in 1946, MVCC was the first community college founded in the New York state. The College is known for the outstanding success of its students who transfer to a four–year institution, the talents of the graduates from the comprehensive array of career and technical programs, and its commitment to the continuing development of the dynamic community it serves.