The President’s Executive Staff is composed of the three vice presidents, Dr. Mary Turner, Dr. Debra Luff (Interim VP), 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.
Dr. Mary Turner
Vice President of Instruction
Dr. Mary Turner has served as Vice President of Instruction at Sacramento City College since January 2010. Mary has been at SCC for 29 years in both faculty and administrative roles and has over 35 years of experience in healthcare and education at the community college or university level. She holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership with an emphasis on Higher Education from Argosy University, San Francisco Bay Area. In addition, she also received bachelors and masters degrees in Dental Hygiene Education with an emphasis on Curriculum and Higher Education from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. Mary currently serves on the California Community Colleges Chief Instructional Officers.
Dr. Debra Luff
Interim Vice President of Student Services
Dr. Debra J. Luff has served as the Associate Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services since July 2012. Debra has worked at both public and private 2- and 4-year colleges, in New York State and California. Dr. Luff earned her BS at Russell Sage College and MS at Syracuse University and her Ed.D. in Educational Foundations from University of the Pacific. 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) and is currently serving as the Interim Vice President, Student Services at SCC (Sept. 2014-Feb. 2015). She is active in the community where she resides along with being an avid bicyclist.
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.
Director, Advancement /SCC Foundation
Mary Leland received her BA in Teaching from Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas and obtained her Master of Education and Administration from Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Houston. She began her career as faculty at Lone Star College in Texas and joined SCC from UC Davis, where she served as Associate Director, California Center for Community-School Partnerships/Division of Education. She has experience in the area of advancement and for the past twelve years she has proven herself as a fundraiser and community relations expert. Leland is a recent recipient of Phi Theta Kappa’s prestigious Distinguished College Administrator Award. Only 25 College Administrators are selected each year for this international distinction based on outstanding support provided to Phi Theta Kappa over many years.
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
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.
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, recently celebrated their 21st anniversary. They are parents to 14 year old Jessica, and 8 year old Joshua.