Dr. Debbie L. Sydow
Dr. Debbie L. Sydow is the 7th president of Onondaga Community College, a comprehensive community college of more than 12,000 students and one the largest community colleges in the State University of New York (SUNY) system.
Dr. Sydow has guided record enrollment growth, expansion and renovation of College facilities, and numerous transformational projects, including strategic enrollment management and centralized enrollment services, new articulation agreements with four-year colleges, a Regional Higher Education Center, a sustainability program, and an Arts Across Campus series. Dr. Sydow began her career at Southwest Virginia Community College as an English professor, and later, as Dean of the Humanities and Social Sciences Division, where she initiated programs in faculty development, outcomes assessment, and distance education. She previously served as Vice President of Academic and Student Services, and for a time as Acting President, at Mountain Empire Community College.
Dr. Sydow earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, a Master of Arts degree in English from Marquette University, and a Ph.D. in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She completed post-graduate work in community college administration at Virginia Tech and is an alumna of the American Council on Education’s Fellows program. An active professional and civic leader, Dr. Sydow is a Commissioner of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and serves on several community and corporate boards. She previously served as President of the New York Community College Association of Presidents, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Community College Development at Cornell University, and as Chair of the American Council on Education’s Commission on Leadership and Institutional Effectiveness.