Dr. James P. Klyczek, President
Dr. James P. Klyczek has served as President of Niagara County Community College since 2002, having first joined NCCC in 2001 as Executive Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs. Prior to NCCC he served in numerous teaching and administrative positions at D’Youville College and the University of Buffalo from 1981-2001. In addition to teaching at both D’Youville and SUNY Buffalo, he has also taught for the University of Pittsburgh and University of Maryland, European Division, in both Heidelberg and Bad Kissigen, West Germany. He has earned bachelors and master’s degrees in occupational therapy and a Ph.D. in educational administration, all from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Dr. Klyczek's research and scholarly activity is focused on psychiatric occupational therapy and the development of tests and measurements in occupational therapy. He has also participated in research in teaching competencies, co-authoring work with colleagues from the University of Buffalo commissioned by the Oman Ministry of Education. He has authored over 20 articles, and served as thesis chair or committee member on over 200 students’ graduate theses in the fields of dietetics, educational administration, health administration, nursing, occupational therapy, and physical therapy.
Dr. Klyczek serves as a board member for several health care and community service agencies in Western New York, including serving on the Boards of the Niagara USA Chamber of Commerce, the Niagara Falls Boys & Girls Club, and Our Lady of Peace Parish Council. He also serves as Vice Chair of the WNY Consortium of Higher Education and is past president of the Erie County Foster and Adoptive Parent Advisory Board.
A recipient of a number of professional and service awards, Dr. Klyczek continues his professional activity as a site-visitor with the Commission on Accreditation for Physical Therapy Education, Inc. He and his spouse, Cheryl, reside in Clarence, N.Y., with their five children and serve as a foster family for the Erie County Department of Social Services.
William Schickling, Vice President of Finance & Information Technology
William Schickling has served as Vice President of Finance at NCCC from November 2002 to the present. His scope of responsibilities was expanded to include the college's Information Technology operations in October, 2010. Prior to NCCC in 2001-02, he served as the site controller for Saint Gobain’s facility in Wheatfield, N.Y. He was responsible for general accounting, cost analysis, reporting and limited clerical activity for a manufacturing site with an annual budget of $70 million.
Prior to Saint Gobain in 1989-2000, he was the Controller for FMC Corporation in Tonawanda, N.Y., responsible for accounting and information technology functions for a chemical manufacturing plant with an annual budget of $25 million. In 1997, Schickling also took on the position of Purchasing Manager and assumed the responsibility for purchasing functions.
Prior to FMC in Tonawanda, N.Y., he was the Consolidations Manager for FMC in Chicago, Ill., from 1981-1988, when he managed a department of six people and was responsible for collecting, consolidating and reporting budget, forecasts and actual results for all of FMC’s world-wide operations. The Certified Public Accountant, started his career as an auditor with Arthur Young & Company.
Michael Dombrowski, Vice President for Operations
Michael Dombrowski was named Vice President of Operations effective August 29, 2011. In his position, Dombrowski oversees all college operations including the Facilities, Maintenance and Security Divisions.
Prior to joining NCCC, Dombrowski served as the Director of Facilities/Clinical Engineering/Bio-Med at TLC Health Network where he provided leadership in project and construction management, cost containment, staff development, and long-range planning for a major healthcare system in WNY. He also has more than 8 years of experience as a field service engineer working in the Medical Devices and Hospital & Health Care industries. Dombrowski holds a BSM in Business Management from Houghton College.
Dr. Luba Chliwniak, Vice President of Academic Affairs
Dr. Luba Chliwniak rejoins NCCC in her former role as Vice President of Academic Affairs (VPAA) which she held from 2009 to 2011. As Vice President of Academic Affairs, she is responsible for the development, implementation, oversight and assessment of all credit and non-credit academic programs. The VPAA also oversees articulation agreements, academic grants, faculty evaluations, college catalog, library/information resources and services, faculty resource center, tutoring and academic achievement centers, e-learning offerings and instructional technology services, student academic progress, degree audits, and program review process.
During her hiatus from NCCC, she was campus president at Pima Community College District at the Downtown Campus, Arizona. Enrollment was approximately 9,500 to 10,000 students on the Downtown Campus. She was responsible for overseeing campus operations including personnel, facilities, programs, services, campus events, public relations, budget and planning.
Prior to her time at NCCC, Dr. Chliwniak served as VP of Instruction at Harford Community College in Maryland, as VP for Academic Affairs at Cleveland State Community College in Tennessee, and as Executive Director of Workforce and Institutional Development at Cochise College in Arizona.
She also has served as a consultant and as a full-time and adjunct faculty member, program coordinator and counselor over her 30-year career.
Chliwniak earned her associate’s degree from Niagara College of Applied Arts & Technology, and bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Arizona.
Ms. Julia Pitman, Vice President for Student Services
Ms. Julia Pitman began her position as Vice President of Student Services at NCCC on September 24, 2012. Ms. Pitman has an M.A. in Publications Design from the University of Baltimore, a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in marketing, also from the University of Baltimore and an A.A. in Business Administration from the College of Southern Maryland. In her most recent position, Ms. Pitman served as the Dean of Enrollment Management at Baltimore City Community College. Additionally, she has experience working in admissions and financial aid, including serving as the Director of Admissions at the College of Southern Maryland and at the University of Baltimore. She has served on the Board of Directors and on the Advisory Board of the Maryland State Future Business Leaders of America and was a Founding Board Member of the Southern Maryland College Access Network.
Ms. Paula Sandy, Vice President for Academic Auxiliary Services
Ms. Paula Sandy was promoted to Vice President for Academic Auxiliary Services in August 2013, having joined NCCC as Director of Public Relations in September 2011. In her current role she oversees administration, marketing and community engagement at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, serves as the Executive Director of the Student Housing Village Corp. and provides administrative leadership for all auxiliary services, including dining services and retail operations. She holds a Bachelors degree in Communications from Canisius College, a MA in Multidisciplinary Studies (concentration in Public Relations) from Buffalo State College and an MBA from St. Bonaventure University. She has previously held positions in the Marketing and Communications field with the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library System, Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES and Adelphia Communications.