Keynote Speaker

Mark Montgomery, Ph.D.

Chief Diversity Officer/Deputy Title IX Coordinator at SUNY Polytechnic Institute

Dr. Mark Montgomery was born and raised in Bridgewater, New York. He and his 6 siblings grew up on welfare. He graduated from Mt. Markham as a D student and ranked 112 out of 126 students. For most of his life, he struggled to overcome asthma and still struggles with stuttering.  

He earned his associate’s degree in Human Services, from Mohawk Valley Community College accompanied by several awards for academic excellence. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at S.U.N.Y IT. He earned a Masters in Education from the University of New England with a specialization in academic motivation; specifically, those of inmates. In February 2014, his Ph.D. in Education was conferred. Utica area officials tell Dr. Montgomery that he may be one of the first five men of color from central New York to attain a Ph.D. His dissertation focused on systemic influences on students at risk of academic failure in English language arts.

He is an Education Consultant and Retention Specialist. In October of 2016, Dr. Montgomery provided his first Tedx talk “Retention, The Powerful Hypothetical Construct.” He has served (s) on the race-relations and Second Chance committees with the Utica District Attorney’s office. He has served as a board member of the Stanley Theater, Oneida County Opiate Task Force and serves on the Access and Inclusion Committee in Utica, NY. Dr. Montgomery is a member of the Genesis Group and was Dean of Public & Human Services at his alma mater Mohawk Valley Community College. Also in 2020, he was named to his first senior leadership position as the first Chief Diversity Officer in SUNY POLY history. This past summer, he served on the police reform committee for the city of Utica. He is the lead instructor of cross-cultural training for the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office many other law enforcement agencies across New York State.