Gregory Diefenbach is the Capital Region BOCES new deputy director of administrative and management services. He joined the BOCES team on Aug. 17, 2015.
Diefenbach brings more than three decades of financial experience to the organization, most recently as an associate for school business management at the New York State Education Department (SED).
Diefenbach's background also includes experience as the assistant superintendent for business in Voorheesville Central School District, business administrator for Berne-Knox-Westerlo Central School District, business manager for Middleburgh Central School District, assistant business manager/treasurer for Saratoga Springs City School District and state aid specialist for State Aid Planning at Questar III BOCES. He has worked in the private sector, as well, as an auditor, financial advisor, director of marketing and sales and a bank vice president.
"Gregg's knowledge of systems is incredible: from a school business office to BOCES to the State Education Department (NYSED), he's done it all," said Superintendent Dr. Charles S. Dedrick. "His addition to the leadership team isn't just a homerun for us â€” it's a grand slam."
In his role with the Capital Region BOCES, Diefenbach will focus on strategic planning, developing new services for component school districts, enhancing BOCES customer service and developing a coordinated safety and security plan for the organization. He'll be a liaison to NYSED for new program initiatives, such as the development of new regional career and technical education programs. Diefenbach's responsibilities also will include financial analysis, supervising the Management Services Division, oversight of BOCES-owned and leased facilities and acting as an internal technology coordinator working with NERIC to develop and implement a BOCES-wide technology plan.
"We're excited to have Gregg joining us," said Deputy District
Superintendent and Chief Operating Officer Dr. Mark Jones. "He has a
tremendous breadth of experience in both education and in the
private sector. He'll bring new and different insights to our
BOCES new deputy director position was developed after Bruce Bonacquists retirement in June 2015 and a restructuring of job responsibilities in the Management Services Division.
Diefenbach is looking forward to this new chapter in his career. "Throughout my work in education, I've always gone to BOCES for solutions and assistance, so there's a comfort level there," he said.
When asked about personal attributes he's known for, Diefenbach was quick to reply: "Communications! I'm all about communications in the workplace I encourage staff to think of themselves as the stakeholders â€” then they always do the right thing. Also, I'm no frills. What you see is what you get."
After his first week at BOCES, Diefenbach says he's settling in nicely in a job he feels cut out to do.
Diefenbach was born in Brooklyn. He earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from the SUNY Plattsburgh and a master's degree in educational administration from the University at Albany. He and his wife, Ann, have been married for 33 years. They have two grown children (Courtney and Andrew) and one "grandcat" (Evie). When he's not immersed in the education world, Diefenbach can be found in the kitchen embracing his creative inner chef. He also enjoys golf and time on the beach.