Stephen St. Onge, Academic Dean

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Dr. Stephen St. Onge
Dean of the College & Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs


Steve is a native Vermonter who completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Vermont with a dual concentration in Business Administration, where he became a Resident Assistant in the Living Learning Center at UVM. Deciding on a career in Student Affairs, Steve completed his master’s degree in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University and then his doctorate in Higher Education Administration from Syracuse University where his dissertation focused on the cognitive development of students in learning community environments.

Steve has served as the Vice President for Student Affairs at Clinton Community College in Plattsburgh, NY for 8 years where he had oversight for all auxiliary services (housing, dining, bookstore, childcare center) as well as the areas of financial aid, admissions, tutoring, academic advising, health services, veterans affairs, college athletics and intramurals, student activities, student senate, college judicial system, marketing and public relations. Steve also has served as a project co-director of a Department of Justice Violence Against Women grant, and has participated in grant teams from ACUHO-I to study the recruitment and retention of entry-level staff, and has used grant money to develop a diversity drama troupe at Syracuse University to help students understand the value of difference in learning about others and oneself.. Having served as an adjunct faculty member at Syracuse University and SUNY Plattsburgh, Steve has taught in the areas of student development theory, with a primary focus on epistemological development and the development of systems of moral education.

Steve has published over 25 works in the areas of learning communities, assessment, and putting student development theory to practice. His professional passion is supporting student learning through strategic environmental operations.  He currently serves on the governing board of Clinton County’s Community Services agency, providing oversight for all service agencies in the county. Steve currently serves on the Clinic Capacity Sub-Committee for the county, assisting with assessing the usage of mental health services through the county clinics, and on the Chemical Dependency Sub-Committee of the Community Services Board.  Steve enjoys biking and gardening, and spending time with his wife and two young boys.  And of course his cat, Charlie!