Gagnon comes to SUNY Cortland from Jefferson Community College in Watertown, N.Y., where he served as executive director of the Faculty Student Association. Previously he was the owner of Spartan Consulting, which provided commercial and custom database development services to clients throughout New York. He also has held positions at Clarkson University, St. Lawrence (N.Y.) County Solid Waste Authority and Barton Hepburn Hospital. Gagnon holds a bachelor's degree in biology from Potsdam College and a master's degree in business administration from Clarkson University.
Gagnon will replace Dana Wavle, who left in January to become the vice chancellor of administration and finance at Indiana University Southeast. Interim Executive Director Michelle Brackin will be the assistant to the executive director.