MVCC names vice president

The Cayuga County administrator is on tap to assume a top administrative post Mohawk Valley Community College.

Thomas Squires will be the recommendation of MVCC President Randall J. VanWagoner to replace Ralph J. Feola as vice president for administrative services when the board of trustees meets March 18. Feola has retired after nearly 12 years at the school that has campuses in Utica and Rome.

"I am pleased to announce that Tom Squires has accepted my offer to become the new VP for administrative services," VanWagoner wrote in an internal memo to MVCC employees Feb. 21. "He brings a unique set of skills and expertise, given his long experience and success at the intersection of higher education and government, that I believe will greatly assist MVCC’s long-term ability to pursue our mission of student success."

While at Cayuga County, which is west of Syracuse, Squires was embroiled in a hostile workplace environment complaint lodged by the then clerk of the legislature. The legislature decided an outside investigation was in order. The report completed in early December concluded that a hostile environment did not exist, but that "inappropriate and unprofessional behavior" had occurred, according to newspaper accounts. Among the recommendations was counseling be provided by the county to Squires on how to remain calm and professional under stress.

MVCC spokesman Matthew Snyder said MVCC was aware of this situation when Squires was being considered for the school post. The issue was addressed between MVCC and Squires.


"The process left MVCC satisfied that Squires is the right candidate to recommend to the board, with confidence in Tom¹s professionalism and leadership skills," said Snyder.

Squires announced last month he was leaving his government post. He is expected to start at MVCC before the end of the spring semester, according to Snyder.

Before starting at Cayuga County in 2010, Squires served as Onondaga County’s deputy comptroller for about 13 years. And according to VanWagoner’s email, he has worked as an adjunct faculty member at Bryant-Stratton College for many years.

The search to replace Feola began last fall.