John J. "Ski" Sygielski, Ed.D, became the seventh president of HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College, in July 2011. His previous appointments include president of Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, Oregon, and president of Lord Fairfax Community College in Middletown, Virginia. He began his professional career as a teacher in a Chicago inner-city school followed by a stint as a corporate trainer for two Fortune 500 companies. He transitioned to a community college career at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, where he began his community college administration and college teaching career.
Ski is the vice chairman of the board of directors for the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges. He is the past chairman of the board for the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and AACC's 21st-Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges. He is currently a member of Harrisburg Rotary and serves on the boards of the Harrisburg Chamber of Commerce and Pennsylvania's Workforce Investment Board.
He earned his bachelor's degree in philosophy, two master's degrees in business and a doctorate in education, as well as an honorary associate degree.
Ski, and his husband, Steve Perrault, are residents of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, he is an avid bicyclist and the only member of his working-class family to graduate from college.
Elected vice president of the Pennsylvania Commission on Community Colleges
Appointed to serve on the Governor of Pennsylvania workforce investment board and advisory committee to educate and inform the governor, educators, business leaders and legislators on the topic of workforce, economic development and manufacturing programs and services.
Received the Harrisburg Kwanzaa and Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major awards for partnership development activities within the city’s African American community
Selected to participate on the Pennsylvania Governor’s Advisory Board on Education and Workforce
Elected to serve on the board of the Harrisburg Regional Chamber of Commerce
Became the seventh president of HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College
Selected to participate in the first-ever White House Summit on Community CollegesSelected to participate on the 21st Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges
Elected chairman of the Board of the American Association of Community Colleges
Received the Phi Theta Kappa Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction for providing leadership to this society at two institutions of higher education
Became president of Mt. Hood Community College
Awarded an honorary associate’s degree from Lord Fairfax Community College (VA)
Became president of Lord Fairfax Community College (VA)
Became the first vice chancellor for workforce and economic development of the Virginia Community College system
Graduated with a doctorate in education with highest honors from Northern Illinois University
Digitally YOURS, Dr. Ski is very involved on social media. You can connect with Dr. Ski on social media to stay up to date on HACC happenings and issues that impact HACC and our students.
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Dr. Ski publishes an e-newsletter, the Ski Gram, to share the latest HACC news and achievements of students and employees.
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