SUNY Canton Honors Two with President’s Meritorious Service Award

SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy recently awarded two people who have been vital to the College’s recent explosive growth.

Molly A. Mott, dean of academic services and retention, and Wesley “Wes” L. Stitt, who chaired the College Council from 1996 until 2008, were named the 2010 President’s Meritorious Service Award winners at SUNY Canton’s recent Employee Recognition Day on May 28.


Mott began her work at the College in 1989 as an instructor of veterinary science technology and was promoted numerous times as a faculty member before becoming director of the College’s OnLine program. She has most recently served as the dean of academic services and retention, and will begin her tenure as vice president of student affairs on July 1.

“Molly has helped to transform our library into a state-of-the-art, modern study area that reflects our efforts to keep up with the way students now study and research,” said President Kennedy in his address. “She has also led the way in the remarkable growth of SUNY Canton OnLine. Our summer and winter terms have grown dramatically each and every year since we implemented them and it is a direct result of her work and those she works closely with.”

Stitt was at the helm of the College Council during a period where SUNY Canton experienced dramatic growth both in enrollment numbers and four-year degree programs. He was instrumental in securing funds for the Newell Veterinary Technology Center, the Richard W. Miller Campus Center, and the College’s new athletic facility, the Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center (CARC), nicknamed Roos House, which is scheduled to open in Spring 2011.  He is a consistent proponent of SUNY Canton’s award-winning Steel Bridge Team and the University Police Department.

“Wes has been a tireless supporter of the College, the North Country and education at all levels for decades,” noted President Kennedy. “He often helps students throughout the college search process and assists many of our graduates locate employment. Wes is a passionate advocate for everything that he loves, and we are all very fortunate that he loves the North Country and SUNY Canton.”

Both Mott and Stitt have been recognized for their work before. Mott was the recipient of SUNY Canton’s Excellence in College Service Award in 2003 and Stitt earned the College’s Distinguished Citizen Award five years later.

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