SCHENECTADY — SUNY Schenectady President Steady Moono was named educator of the year by the Zambian Association Network of the United States during its inaugural biennial Zambia-U.S. business conference last weekend in Las Vegas.
President of the community college since 2015, Moono was selected for the award “based on his mentorship and contribution to the global community, especially to underprivileged communities,” the association said.
“Dr. Moono’s work as an educator goes beyond his leadership role at SUNY Schenectady,” said Fred Kazembe, president of ZANUS. “He is also an inspiration to the Zambian community through his family and personal philanthropy work in the education sector.”
Moono emigrated from Zambia to the United States in 1981 to attend college, earning his bachelor’s degree from Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.
He came to the United States after his family, friends, and those in his village pooled money to buy him a plane ticket.
He often notes how this changed the trajectory of his life. He went on to earn his master’s degree in counseling and theology from the Biblical Theological Seminary, master’s degree in English from Arcadia University, and doctorate in higher education leadership from Immaculata University.