Commencement Speaker Biography

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Shaun L. McKay, Ed.D.

President - Suffolk County Community College - Long Island, New York

Dr. Shaun L. McKay is the President of Suffolk County Community College (SCCC), the largest community college in the State of New York.  SCCC is a comprehensive publicly-supported, two-year, open enrollment institution, with campuses in Selden, Riverhead and Brentwood, and downtown centers in Sayville and Riverhead.  The College has a current enrollment of over 25,000 credit students and 10,000 continuing education students. 

Prior to his current position, Dr. McKay served as Interim Executive Vice President for the College.   In that role, he was the College's chief operating officer, with authority and responsibility for the planning, policy development, implementation and assessment of the College’s programs and services.  Dr. McKay joined the College in 2005 as the Executive Dean for the Michael J. Grant Campus in Brentwood.

During his career, Dr. McKay has garnered progressive academic and administrative experience, demonstrating significant career achievement in the areas of campus administration, academic program development, budget and finance, strategic planning, and institutional assessment.

Active in national and local organizations, Dr. McKay has received numerous awards for distinguished service in higher education.  He was selected from among an international pool of applicants as one of only 33 community college senior administrators to attend the prestigious Executive Leadership Institute sponsored by the League for Innovation.  He serves as a Systems Appraiser for the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) of the Higher Learning Commission-North Central Association and is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice (JSARP). Dr. McKay recently participated with 19 public, private, and non-profit organizations from across the country to explore ideas and concepts in lifelong learning in order to formulate a policy agenda for the American Council on Education (ACE)’s Center for Lifelong Learning.  In addition, he serves as a member of ACE’s Commission on Effective Leadership.  

Dr. McKay is a member of the SUNY Research Foundation’s Board of Trustees, a member of the Board of Directors of United Way of Long Island, a member of the Board Steering Committee for the Long Island Regional Advisory Council on Higher Education (LIRACHE), and is a current member of the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce. He has also served as a member of The State University of New York Chancellor’s Advisory Group on Leadership and Professional Development, and has participated in the President’s Leadership Academy offered by the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT).  Before joining the administration of SCCC, Dr. McKay was appointed and served as the Chancellor's representative of the Community College of Baltimore County to the University Systems of Maryland/Maryland Association of Community Colleges (USM/MACC) Solutions Committee. This committee was responsible for follow-up activities associated with a capacity study for the State of Maryland. 

Prior to joining SCCC, Dr. McKay served as Director of Planning for the Community College of Baltimore County and spent eight years in various positions at Morgan State University. He has also taught both undergraduate and doctorate level courses at several institutions.  

Dr. McKay received his Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration with a specialization in Community College Leadership from Morgan State University in Baltimore, his M.A. in Management and Communication from the College of Notre Dame in Baltimore and his B.S. in Business Management from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Dr. McKay is often invited to conduct professional presentations at regional and national conferences on the topics of retention, strategic planning, governance and administration.  He is firmly committed to the important role played by community colleges in meeting the higher education needs of our region.  Dr. McKay and his family reside in Manorville, NY.  He and his wife, Tanya, are the proud parents of three children: Caroline Celia, Riley Rhiana, and Michael Gabriel.