Christopher Ames is The Sage Colleges’ 10th president. He joined Sage in July 2017 from Shepherd University, the public liberal arts university of West Virginia, where he served as provost. He previously served as provost and senior vice president at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta and as provost and dean at Washington College in Maryland. He is a graduate of Harvard’s Institute of Educational Management and the Aspen Institute Executive Seminar on Leadership.
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Ames earned a Ph.D. in English Literature at Stanford University. He taught 20th century literature and film for 15 years at Agnes Scott College, a liberal arts college for women in Atlanta.
Vice President of Finance and Treasurer
Rick Barthelmas joined Sage in 2017, after 23 years with the State University of New York and Empire State College. Rick began his career at the SUNY system office, serving as an accountant, financial analyst and assistant director of business affairs. He then moved to the multi-location Empire State College where he was associate vice president for administration. Barthelmas holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and has been a CPA since 1994.
Theresa Hand, OTD, OTR/L, CHT
Theresa Hand was appointed interim provost of The Sage Colleges in 2018.
Vice President, Student Life
Trish Cellemme became vice president for student life at The Sage Colleges in 2005. She has also served as dean of students, associate dean of students and director of student services and residence life since joining Sage in 1997 as associate director of residence life on the Albany campus. Cellemme is the college’s chief student conduct officer. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Russell Sage College and her master’s degree in Education from the College of St. Rose. She is a member of NAPA, the leading association for the student affairs profession; and the New American Colleges and Universities Board of Directors.
Executive Assistant to the President
Associate Vice President, Human Resources
Rose Grignon was named executive assistant to the president and secretary to The Sage Colleges Board of Trustees in 2007 and associate vice president for human resources in 2017. She previously served as director of human resources, director of budget, financial analyst and payroll supervisor. She joined Sage in 1977 as financial aid clerk. Grignon earned her MBA and bachelor’s degree in business from Sage’s School of Management.
Vice President, Administration and Planning
Deirdre Zarrillo is vice president for administration and planning at The Sage Colleges. She joined the college as an academic advisor in Sage’s Correctional Education Program in 1985, became associate dean of Sage Evening College in 1990 and chief information officer in 1997. Planning was added to her responsibilities in 2004 and in 2009 she was promoted to her current role. Since that time, she has also provided oversight to facilities, college services, public safety and conferences. Zarrillo holds a bachelor’s degree from Villanova University and completed doctoral work at the University at Albany.