President's Welcome



“As one of the smaller gemstones in what makes up the SUNY crown of jewels, what we lack in size we make up for in quality and impact,” Keegan said. “Like many of our community college colleagues, we are a beacon of hope in what can often feel like a challenging environment. We have an incredible and innovative faculty and staff. We have a Board of Trustees that is engaged and supportive of our efforts. Our communities have been and continue to be incredible partners and are an important part of our strength. With all those elements in place, one can imagine all the places we can go. I look forward to joining with all of you to lead North Country into the next fifty years.”

-Joe Keegan, President, North Country Community College

Joe Keegan, NCCC President

About Joe Keegan:

Joe was appointed as president effective June 16, 2019. He is the college’s seventh president since its founding in 1967. 

He previously served as the college's Vice President for Academic Affairs. Prior to that appointment, Joe was employed at the college in administrative positions of increasing responsibility, including as the Coordinator of Human Services Programs and as the Grant Liaison for the Perkins CTE Grant and the Tri Lakes Prevention Coalition. In addition to these administrative roles, he has served as an instructor at NCCC in various titles since 1994, most recently as an associate professor.

Joe is also recognized as a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, and has leveraged this training and background to inform his work as the Coordinator of the Human Services programs at NCCC. He served on a team that developed NCCC’s AAS program in Chemical Dependency Counseling, helping to train local students to bring meaningful supports and interventions to individuals and families suffering from addiction.

Joe earned a bachelor of arts in anthropology from SUNY Potsdam, and a masters of arts in anthropology from University at Albany. He is also a proud graduate of North Country Community College, earning an associates of arts in liberal arts from NCCC in 1989.

He is a long-time resident of Vermontville, where he lives with his wife Lisa and their five dogs. Their two daughters, both college graduates, are developing careers of their own, much to their parents’ delight. As a family, Joe and Lisa are both invested and active in the community, volunteering and serving on non-profit boards. When not working, they enjoy a host of activities including partaking of the arts, being with friends and families, spending time in the great outdoors, and, traveling.