Susan Beatty, Ph.D.
Susan Beatty, Ph.D., was appointed provost of The Sage Colleges in 2014. She previously served as dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Portland State University in Oregon; associate dean for the natural sciences and chair of the department of geography at the University of Colorado, Boulder; and a member of the faculty at the University of California, Los Angeles. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Biology from Emory University and her doctorate in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Cornell University. Beatty is also a geographer who conducts research in forest ecology, soil science, climate and conservation. Her research has been funded by grants from the National Science Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, the National Academy of Sciences and the National Park Service. She has a research site at the Huyck Preserve in Rensselaerville, New York, and has been collecting data there since 1977.
Vice President for Student Life
Title IX Coordinator
Trish Cellemme was appointed 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; ATIXA, the association of Title IX administrators; and the New American Colleges and Universities Board of Directors.
Executive Assistant to the President
Secretary to the Board of Trustees
Rose Grignon was appointed executive assistant to the president and secretary to The Sage Colleges Board of Trustees in 2007. 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.
Melissa Komora, MBA
Vice President, Institutional Advancement and Communications & Public Relations
Melissa Komora was appointed vice president of institutional advancement and communications & public relations at The Sage Colleges in 2011. She leads the planning, development and implementation of fundraising programs, alumni relations, communications and public relations activities. Previously, Komora was associate vice president of development and director of planned giving at Sage. Before joining Sage in 2008, she was executive director of Benedictine Health Foundation in Kingston, New York, and prior to that was in sales and marketing for a Fortune 500 company for 10 years. She is a Certified Fundraising Executive and a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy. Komora received her bachelor’s degree from Fontbonne University in St. Louis, Missouri, and her MBA from The Sage Colleges 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.