Presidential Finalist Amy Kremenek
Dr. Amy Kremenek is a seasoned executive leader with more than 18 years of experience in public higher education and community colleges. Throughout her career, she has led a wide range of areas, including enrollment development, student recruitment, K-12 partnerships, dual and concurrent enrollment, Early College High School, marketing, media relations, government relations, fundraising, human resources, and economic and workforce development. Dr. Kremenek currently serves on the President’s Executive Council as Vice President of Enrollment, Development and Communications at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, New York, where she is responsible for a division with 22 employees and a $4.3 million annual operating budget. In addition, she oversees the Onondaga Community College Foundation as the Acting Executive Director, managing a $22 million endowment and maintaining responsibility to the 25-member OCC Foundation Board of Directors.
Dr. Kremenek’s recent accomplishments include the implementation of early college models based on academic degree and certificate pathways, rebuilding the concurrent enrollment program and securing reaccreditation, developing a pathways-based Early College High School dual enrollment program, implementing four NYS Department of Education’s Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools (P-Tech), and leading the college’s efforts to successfully launch two early college academies with in- demand transfer degree pathways. In addition, Dr. Kremenek led the implementation of a round-one
$2.5 million federal Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training (TAACCCT) grant focused on agribusiness and advanced manufacturing. Furthermore, she expanded the college’s student recruitment operation in the five-county region and throughout the state. She led the effort to strengthen the OCC Foundation and developed a focused and strategic operational plan to align with the college’s Strategic Plan. In 2021, she worked with the OCC Foundation Board to increase its focus on equity, including the induction of the most diverse board class in the history of the organization. The OCC Foundation recently announced its largest gift in more than a decade, a $1 million gift to establish the Meg O’Connell Center for Social Justice and Community Impact.
A native of Central New York, Dr. Kremenek previously worked in Nevada in public utilities and the health care industry, where she honed her understanding and passion for serving the needs of the local workforce and greater community. Her dedication to service is reflected in several leadership roles she has undertaken, including past Board President of the SUNY Council on University Advancement, SUNY 200 System Strategic Planning Committee, founding chapter president of the American Association of Women in Community Colleges, and the OCC Achieving the Dream Leadership Team. In addition, Dr. Kremenek was inducted into the SUNY Council on University Advancement Hall of Fame, received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service, multiple awards from the OCC Board of Trustees, the League for Innovation Executive Leadership Institute, and in 2018, was recognized as the National Doctoral Scholarship Winner by the American Association of Women in Community Colleges. She also serves on the advisory councils of numerous community organizations, including Say Yes to Education, the CNY STEM Hub, and Hillside Syracuse, and the boards of directors for the Redhouse Arts Center and the Everson Museum of Art.
Dr. Kremenek earned a Doctorate in Community College Policy and Administration from the University of Maryland Global Campus, a Master of Public Administration from the Maxell School of Public Affairs and Citizenship at Syracuse University, and a Bachelor of Science from the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. She is the proud parent of two children with her husband of 26 years, Brent. Their son Ben is a graduate of SUNY Plattsburgh and a digital media professional in Syracuse and their daughter Hailey is a sophomore at the University of Delaware.