President’s Executive Staff and Cabinet

The President’s Executive Staff is composed of the three vice presidents: Don Palm, Dr. Debra Luff,  and Laduan Smedley.

Executive Staff meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. Cabinet members include the Executive Staff and the President’s other direct reports who are leaders in their own field. From their integral roles in day-to-day operations of the college, the Cabinet makes recommendations to the President. Meeting the first and third Tuesday of each month, they discuss policy and procedures while ensuring decisions are based on student success and are aligned with Sacramento City College’s mission and vision as well as the College’s Strategic Plan.

  • Don Palm

    Interim Vice President of Instruction

    Don Palm serves as Interim Vice President of Instruction for fall 2016. Don has been dean for the Davis Center since 2006 and before that he was with the history faculty, department chair for history, political science and social science, and he was coordinator for the international studies program. He has a B.A in history from the University of Washington, M.A. in history from San Francisco State University, and further study (ABD) at the University of Texas at Austin. He is active in the community, serving now on the boards for the Winters Education Foundation, Davis Chamber of Commerce, and Yolo County Workforce Innovation Board.

  • Dr. Debra Luff

    Interim Vice President Student Services

    Dr. Debra J. Luff has served as the Associate Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services since July 2012. Dr. Luff earned her BS at Russell Sage College and MS at Syracuse University and her Ed.D. in Educational Foundations from the University of the Pacific. Debra has worked at both public and private 2- and 4-year colleges, in New York State and California. She has worked at SCC since 2000 as the faculty coordinator for the Downtown Center (July 2000-Dec. 2001), the Dean for the West Sacramento Center (Jan. 2002-June 2012), Interim Dean for Advanced Technology (spring 2004-July 2005), Interim Vice President for Student Services at Cosumnes River College (Spring 2009), Interim Vice President, Student Services at SCC (Sept. 2014-Feb. 2015) and recently assumed the role of Interim Vice President, Student Services at SCC (Feb – June 2016) while the VPSS is serving as the Interim President. She is active in the community where she resides in addition to being an avid cyclist.

  • Laduan Smedley

    Vice President of Administrative Services

    Laduan Smedley was appointed to the position of Vice President of Administrative Services at Sacramento City College in July 2014.  Laduan has been with the Los Rios Community College District for 27 years, the last 13 years as the Director of Administrative Services at American River College. He is heavily involved in the Sacramento community and currently sits on the UC Davis Health System Community Advisory Board, and is also on the Successor Agency Oversight Boards for the City of Davis and West Sacramento.  Laduan graduated from the Leadership Sacramento Program and also attended and completed Harvard Universities Management Development Program.  Laduan has an MBA from Golden Gate University.  He is a lifelong Sacramento resident and serves as a mentor for many young men in the community.

  • William (Dan) McCarty

    Interim Director, Advancement /SCC Foundation


    Dan McCarty joined the Sacramento City College Foundation (SCCF) as Interim Director of College Advancement in January, 2016 and has served as an SCCF Board member since 2006. He has more than 20 years of experience as a Senior Executive in all phases of operations, including strategic planning, customer service, community affairs, governmental relations, and workforce development. He also has more than five years of experience in building startup companies in alternative wind energy, telecommunications, and commercial real estate development industries.

    Dan has served on several boards, including the Los Rios Foundation, Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, Greater Sacramento Urban League, Roberts Family Development Center, and California Cable Television Association. He has fundraising experience with SCC, Roberts Family Development Center, and Project Lead the Way, which is a program he helped launch in Sacramento area high schools. His government affairs experience is with California Cable Television Association Executive Committee as Chair of Governmental Affairs, and he has testified before California State Legislature committees.

    Dan’s background is in communications. He was the regional director of operations, Northern California, for DIRECTV, area vice president for Comcast Cable, and held leadership positions with Cirrus Technologies, Inc., United States Digital Television and D&D Consulting and Investments. He has a bachelor’s degree from University of Colorado, Boulder, and a master’s in business administration from Colorado State University, Fort Collins.

  • Dr. Elaine Ader

    Dr. Elaine Ader

    Dean, Information Technology

    Dr. Elaine R. Ader has been the Dean of Information Technology at Sacramento City College since May 2001.  Her areas of responsibility include planning, managing and maintaining the college’s technology infrastructure, working with the Information Technology department and college community on technology priorities and funding streams, and introducing new technologies for adoption in support of the college’s mission of teaching, learning and service.  In addition, Dr. Ader is responsible for staff development including planning and managing the Staff Resource Center.  Prior to coming to SCC, Dr. Ader was Dean of the Extended Learning Center at Montgomery College in Texas, Director of Academic Computing at the University of Alaska Anchorage and IT Manager at both the Philadelphia Housing Authority and Philadelphia International Airport.  She holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Michigan.

  • Dr. Marybeth Buechner

    Dr. Marybeth Buechner

    Dean, Planning, Research, and Institutional Effectiveness

    Dr. Marybeth Buechner is the Dean of Planning, Research and Institutional Effectiveness.  The PRIE Office facilitates the planning processes of the college, from unit plans to strategic planning.  PRIE staff conducts analyses of college data, disseminates research results, and assists in SLO assessment.  The PRIE Office also facilitates participatory decision-making.  Dr. Buechner serves as the Accreditation Liaison Officer for SCC.  She has more than 20 years of experience in community college education including experience in teaching, curriculum development, staff development and student learning assessment. Prior to her current position, she was a professor of Biology at Cosumnes River College and was an adjunct faculty member in the CSUS program in Community College Faculty Preparation.

  • Rick Brewer

    Rick Brewer

    Communications and Public Information Officer

    Rick Brewer holds a Master’s of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University, and spent the majority of his professional life in the fields of journalism and communications. He spent more than 14 years working for The Stockton Record, a daily newspaper in San Joaquin County’s largest city. During that time, Rick covered sports (including the Sacramento Kings NBA franchise), crime, city politics and religion. He served as the Community Relations Officer for Stockton Unified School District, and provided all internal, external and media communications for the successful passage of a $465 million school construction bond. Previously, Rick worked for several television news stations as an anchor and reporter. He and his wife, Kathy, are parents to a daughter, Jessica, and, son, Joshua.