Faculty Profiles



Chris Drennan, Ph.D.

Dr. Christopher Drennan, a native of Montreal, Canada, moved to Europe at a young age and, over the years, has lived in a number of countries including England, France, and the United States. He received his Diplôme D’Études Collégiales from Collége Dawson, Montréal, Canada (1976), his Bachelor of Arts with Honors from Concordia University, Montréal, Canada (1980), his M.Sc.from the London School of Economics and Political Science, England (1981), and his Ph.D from the University of Chicago (1988). After a period of teaching Hegelian philosophy at the graduate level and political thought at the undergraduate level at the University of Nevada-Reno, he moved to the North Country and began teaching at North Country Community College in 1994. In 2005 he became a member of the faculty at Clinton Community College and has since taught various courses in history, political science and economics.


Dr. Drennan served as a delegate representing Clinton Community College to the SUNY Faculty Council of Community Colleges 2010-2012. He served as a member of the planning committee for the Quadricentennial Celebrations (The Legacy of the Lake and its People) held at Clinton Community College during July, 2009. He is also a long-time advisor to the College’s chapter (Alpha Pi Tau) of the International Honor Society of the Two-Year College (Phi Theta Kappa).


Sami Jeskanen

Sami Jeskanen was born and raised in Finland. After high school, he first came to the United States as an exchange student in Colorado. After spending time there, he moved to the Plattsburgh area, where he attended Clinton Community College. After graduating from CCC, he continued on to Plattsburgh State University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Canadian Studies with a minor in German. In 2003 he returned to his native Finland where he taught for a few years in an International English-Speaking School in his home city of Lahti. While there, he taught a large variety of classes ranging from history to cultural studies. Following the years abroad, he returned to the U.S. and received his Master of Arts in History from the University of Maine. Prior to becoming a full-time faculty member in January 2012, Sami taught classes at Clinton Community College as an adjunct instructor since 2008. He currently teaches a number of different history courses, as well as political science and geography courses. He also occasionally teaches Canadian Studies courses as an adjunct instructor at Plattsburgh State.




Thomas R. Mandeville

Professor Thomas R. Mandeville has been teaching American History and Political Science at Clinton Community College since 1990. He earned his Baccalaureate Degree, cum laude in History and Political Science from Eastern Michigan University and his Master of Arts Degree from Bowling Green State University.


He received and implemented a grant from the Hulda B. McLennan Bequest for the teaching of the History of the Champlain Valley in 1992. Professor Mandeville also received and implemented two grants from the Lake Champlain Basin Program to coordinate Summer Historical Workshops in 1993 and 1995. In addition, he received and implemented twenty-seven grants from the South Lake Champlain Trust to coordinate the following workshops: Revolutionary War on Southern Lake Champlain: 1996-9 & 2010, the French and Indian War on Southern Lake Champlain: 1997-8, 2000, & 2003, Native Americans in the Southern Lake Champlain Region: 1999-2001, & 2004, General Burgoyne's Campaign of 1777: 2001-2, & 2006, Benedict Arnold in the Champlain Valley: 2002-3, & 2007, Off the Beaten Path: 2004-5, Business and Industry Through the Ages in the South Lake Region 2006, Rogers’ Rangers and the French & Indian War in the Champlain Valley 2007, Nineteenth Century Wars in the South Lake Champlain Region 2008, Samuel de Champlain and New France in the South Lake Champlain Region 2009, Theodore Roosevelt: Governor, President, and Conservationist 2011 and Lighthouses on Lake Champlain 2012. He also received and implemented a grant from Ward Lumber Company to coordinate the workshop: Exploring the Adirondacks 2005.


Professor Mandeville served as a delegate representing Clinton Community College to the SUNY Faculty Council of Community Colleges 2001 to 2006. Member of the Lake Champlain Scenic Byways Clinton County Local Advisory Committee, member of the Kent-Delord House Historical Association, member of the Battle of Plattsburgh Association, Honorary Lifetime Member of the North Country Vietnam Veterans Association. Board Member of the Clinton Community College Faculty Student Association, 1992 to 2003, and President since 2003.




Adam Rabideau

Adam Rabideau was born and raised in Plattsburgh, NY. After graduating from Beekmantown High School, he went to Plattsburgh State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Adolescence Education, with a concentration in social studies in 2004. In 2006, Adam earned a Master of Science degree specializing in Literacy Education. He’s enjoyed a position as a high school social studies teacher at Beekmantown High School since 2005 where he teaches economics, U.S. history, and psychology. In that time, he has also partnered with Plattsburgh State to bring an examining diversity through film course to the high school campus. In addition to his work with Beekmantown and PSU, he has partnered with Clinton Community College to bring college credit opportunities to the Beekmantown campus by way of both micro- and macroeconomics. It was not long before his partnership with CCC brought him directly to campus. Adam started as an adjunct instructor of economics at Clinton Community College in Fall 2010. As a committed instructor Adam looks forward to several more productive years as an instructor assisting students gain success at both the high school and collegiate levels.