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SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson to Visit SUNY Canton on Election Day, Nov. 6

Friday, November 2nd, 2018

SUNY Canton will welcome Kristina M. Johnson, the 13thChancellor of the State University of New York, during an afternoon tour on Tuesday, Nov. 6. The occasion will mark her first visit to SUNY Canton.

At the beginning of her visit, Chancellor Johnson will be the guest of honor at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the college’s new eSports Arena. The event is scheduled for 1:50 p.m. in Nevaldine South Room 133, with media interview opportunities immediately following.

Chancellor Kristina Johnson

The 1,800 square-foot gaming room went online with the start of the semester as the home for the college’s growing esports program. It features 25 high-end Alienware computers, Sony PS4 Pro and Microsoft Xbox One X consoles dedicated for collegiate competitive gameplay. High-speed networking for the room is provided by Extreme Networks.

The arena is one of a kind in SUNY and in New York State. SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran thought it would be apt to have the Chancellor ceremonially open the space.

Chancellor Johnson is also scheduled to tour the hands-on classrooms and labs in the Canino School of Engineering technology before meeting with SUNY Canton’s faculty, staff, students and senior administration. Student representatives, including Student Government Association President Brayden White, are looking forward to the opportunity to meet with the Chancellor. White, a known diversity advocate, will be among his peers – including representatives from athletics, online and veteran populations – during the dedicated student time with the educational leader.

“The SGA is overjoyed to welcome Chancellor Johnson to SUNY Canton and to our corner of the North Country,” White said.

Prior to her tour of SUNY Canton, the Chancellor is scheduled to visit SUNY Potsdam and will be participating in another public event.

For more information about Chancellor Johnson, visit https://www.suny.edu/about/leadership/chancellor/.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in digital design, engineering technology, health, management and public service. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY’s leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 16 online degree programs. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference.

Students Give SUNY Canton Number One Rankings in Statewide Satisfaction Survey

Thursday, August 30th, 2018

SUNY Student Opinion SurveyResults from a 2018 SUNY Student Opinion Survey have placed SUNY Canton first in a host of categories related to academics, advising, career services, health services and facilities.

The survey is administered every three years to students at 27 state-operated colleges and university centers. It assesses satisfaction in more than 60 areas, and the college took the top spot in 14 SUNY-wide categories. The survey also compiled results from students in the seven technology-sector institutions, and SUNY Canton placed first in an additional 26 areas.

SUNY Canton’s number one rankings among the 27 state-operated colleges and university centers are:

  • Academic advising in a students’ major
  • Availability of faculty outside class
  • Career services
  • Assistance with finding employment during school
  • Study areas
  • Classroom facilities
  • Course-related laboratories
  • Tutoring services
  • Class size
  • Access to computers and related technology
  • Library resources
  • Library services
  • Health services
  • Counseling services

Students tell the camera that SUNY Canton is number 1!

The college’s additional number-one rankings among its peer tech-sector schools are:

  • General academic advising
  • Non-teaching staff respect for students
  • Faculty/instructor respect for students
  • Residence hall services and programs
  • Campus center/student union
  • General condition of buildings and grounds
  • Athletic and recreational facilities
  • Financial aid services
  • Quality of instruction
  • Availability of general education courses
  • Course registration process
  • Availability of online courses
  • Computing support services
  • College computer network
  • Intercollegiate athletic programs
  • Student government
  • Recreation and intramural programs
  • Guest speakers outside class
  • Educational programs regarding alcohol and substance abuse
  • Health and wellness programs
  • Student input in college policies
  • Your social support network on campus
  • Services to support off-campus and commuter students
  • Services to support transfer students
  • Intra-campus transportation
  • College bookstore services

“This year, SUNY Canton received more number-one rankings than ever before, and I am incredibly proud of the effort our entire campus has put forth to earn these scores,” said President Zvi Szafran. “Student feedback is the most important measure of our success, so it’s gratifying to see we’re continuing to excel in areas that we traditionally have held first-place rankings in, such as library services and tutoring, while also earning top scores in new areas, such as academic advising in a major, availability of faculty outside of class, course-related laboratories, and access to computers and related technology.”

Fred Saburro tutors a student in the Mathematics lab.

Many of the college’s recent initiatives align with the categories in which SUNY Canton received the highest rankings, notably classroom and lab facilities.

“We debuted a state of the art Digital Studio/Game Design Lab last fall, which is an environment unlike any other on campus. It’s a high-tech space where students from diverse programs—Game Design and Development, Graphic and Multimedia Design, and Technological Communications—can come together to learn, innovate, and bring their ideas to life.”

Other facility enhancements include a “flex classroom” where lectures are broadcast live and recorded for later viewing. Students have the option of attending class in person or online, which is particularly important for non-traditional and commuter students who may have family and career obligations.

Students studying in Southworth Library

Study Time at Southworth – Students study on the top floor of SUNY Canton’s Southworth Library Learning Commons during finals week.

“The Student Opinion Survey results reflect the college’s mission to help students achieve their full potential both personally and professionally,” said Associate Provost and Dean of Academic Support Services Molly A. Mott. “These scores show our strong commitment to their success.”

In the wellness area, the Davis Health Center and the Counseling Center both received SUNY-wide first-place rankings.

“Our counseling and health services departments provide exceptional care to students without them having to step foot off campus,” said Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Courtney B. Bish. “Both areas are staffed with professionals poised to meet the needs of our students during their most trying times.”

A first-place tech-sector ranking (and second-place ranking SUNY-wide) in the off-campus and commuter support services category intersects with an effort to provide new opportunities for students to participate in activities virtually. More than 60 campus events were live-streamed last year for those unable to attend in person, and a new varsity esports team allows online students to compete remotely. The Office of Career Services, which placed first SUNY-wide, held online professional clothing and job fairs.

“We have found that enhancing offerings for online students actually benefits all students,” said Bish. “From streaming and capturing events to hosting interactive programming, we have provided opportunities for everyone to engage with campus life at times that are convenient for them.”

A first-place tech-sector ranking in financial aid services coincides with the college’s successful implementation of the Excelsior Scholarship program, which benefitted more than 150 students last year.

SUNY Canton Student Selected to Join Puerto Rico Recovery Effort

Monday, June 18th, 2018

Lucas C. Coyne, a SUNY Canton senior in the Homeland Security program, will join 500 fellow SUNY and CUNY student volunteers traveling to Puerto Rico this summer to assist in recovery efforts of communities damaged by hurricanes Irma and Maria.

The service learning opportunity is in partnership with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s New York Stands with Puerto Rico Initiative.

Lucas Coyne stands in front of a lake surrounded by mountains.

Coyne, who is from Rensselaer, will deploy to the island July 1 for two weeks to support the All Hands and Hearts organization, a U.S.-based non-profit that specializes in natural disaster recovery.

“This is a great way for me to help those affected by the hurricanes while learning first-hand about crisis response management,” Coyne said.

All student expenses, such as travel, food and lodging will be paid for, and volunteers will also have the opportunity to earn college credit.

Coyne was selected from thousands of applicants, and preference was given to those who had a background in construction or landscaping.

“I worked several summers as a landscaper, and I also have experience in the construction field,” he said.

Eligibility criteria also required that students be in good academic standing. Coyne is a member of the national honor societies Alpha Phi Sigma (Criminal Justice) and the Order of the Sword and Shield (Homeland Security).

“Lucas is an excellent student who is engaged in class, has a very strong work ethic and is helpful to his peers,” said Justin C. Spaulding, SUNY Canton instructor and curriculum coordinator for the Homeland Security program. “I know he will make SUNY Canton proud in Puerto Rico.”

This is the second time the college has teamed up with the New York Stands with Puerto Rico initiative to assist with humanitarian efforts. In fall 2017, students led a campus donation drive to collect emergency supplies for the island.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 13 online degree programs. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and are joining the North Atlantic Conference beginning in the 2018-19 academic year.

Two SUNY Canton Staff Members Receive Prestigious Chancellor’s Award

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson selected two members of SUNY Canton’s staff to receive the 2018 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence.

Lashawanda T. Ingram, co-chief diversity officer and director of diversity affairs and new student orientation, was chosen to receive the Excellence in Professional Service Award, and Joette Terrance, a janitor who works in MacArthur Hall, was selected as a recipient of the Excellence in Classified Service Award.

Lashawanda Ingram and President Szafran

President Szafran presents the 2018 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service to Lashawanda Ingram.

Ingram began working at the college in 2005 as a residence hall director and was subsequently promoted to director of diversity affairs and new student orientation. Since her appointment as SUNY Canton’s co-chief diversity officer and affirmative action officer in 2016, she has worked to build a more inclusive campus culture and ensures search committee procedures are equitable.

“Lashawanda champions diversity initiatives through her close work with the administration and the president,” said SUNY Canton Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Courtney B. Bish. “She is a voice for underrepresented students, faculty and staff and has led creative and engaging events that foster a sense of community and awareness.”

Ingram was instrumental in establishing the college’s Center for Diversities and Inclusion, which opened in 2017. The center hosts sensitivity training, student leadership development events, mediation, tutoring services and more.

Ingram’s colleagues note her unique ability to create a space where everyone is encouraged to pursue thoughtful dialogue and a respectful exchange of ideas and feelings, while mentoring students to find productive ways to confront the issues of social and cultural injustice.

She was presented with her award at the college’s annual Faculty and Community Awards dinner.

President Szafran and Joette Terrance

President Szafran presents the 2018 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service to Joette Terrance.

Joette Terrance began working for the college as a temporary cleaner in 1997. She was hired as full time cleaner in 1998 and was promoted to janitor in 2010. Her colleagues praise the efficient and meticulous way in which she carries out her duties and her ability to boost morale by maintaining good relationships with her peers.

“Joette is known for her quick competency, kind words and smile for everyone,” said Assistant Professor Barat Wolfe, Ph.D., who teaches in the Applied Psychology program. “She also keeps the environment where we do our most important student engagement work spotless and positive. You will not find another person who cares more about our institution.”

Colleagues also praise Terrance’s working knowledge of the campus and ability to problem-solve with her coworkers to address issues in a timely manner. She is also relied upon to train new members of the custodial staff on providing effective customer service.

She was presented with her award at the college’s annual Recognition Day event.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 13 online degree programs. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and are joining the North Atlantic Conference beginning in the 2018-19 academic year.

SUNY Canton Faculty Receive Chancellor’s Awards

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

The State University of New York recently announced three SUNY Canton faculty members had received chancellor’s awards.

“One of my themes for SUNY is individualized education, meaning the work we do to help our students navigate the programs and opportunities within our 64 campuses,” said SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson. “Our faculty and staff educate, inspire, and support our students to pursue their passions; they are the driving force on campus. Those we honor today are leading this effort through their commitment to their craft and their dedication to our students.”

All three award recipients are noted for providing exceptional instruction and mentoring to students.

Rashid Aidun and President Szafran

Pictured is Associate Professor Rashid Aidun of Potsdam receiving the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service from SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran.

Rashid Aidun, Ph.D., an associate professor who teaches in the Electrical Engineering Technology and Engineering Science programs, received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service. He was recognized for his 13 years of academic service and his 16 years of professional industrial experience. He holds a patent on a non-destructive coating thickness measuring device.

Aidun has made positive contributions to the Canino School of engineering technology, including developing new programs and courses, recruiting new students, helping current students secure scholarships, in addition to helping graduates continue on for their advanced degrees.

“What I most admire about Dr. Aidun is his remarkable ability to stimulate students and add personality to his course material,” said Associate Professor Feng Hong, who teaches physics at the college. “His dynamic teaching style engages students. They can feel the energy and optimism radiate from him.”

Aidun lives in Potsdam with his wife, Peggy Sue, and their daughter Savarah.

Charles Fenner and President Szafran

Professor Charles R. Fenner of Canton receives the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching from SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran.

Charles R. Fenner, Ph.D., the curriculum coordinator for the college’s management program, received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. His creative approach to incorporating innovative teaching strategies encourages problem solving and critical thinking skills, giving graduates the tools they need to handle difficult situations head-on when they start their careers.

He was one of the first faculty members to embrace online learning. He has continued that forward-thinking philosophy and consistently utilizes new technology to enhance his classes.

Prior to his academic career, he served for 20 years in the Army, and takes the time to mentor both active duty and veteran learners. His students describe him as an engaged, motivational educator who deeply cares about their success. Under his guidance, four students helped north country businesses become more profitable. Many of his courses emphasize entrepreneurial strategies.

“Charles’ ability to engage students and to assist each with understanding the objectives is commendable,” said Maureen P. Maioco, Ed.D., one of the faculty members who nominated Fenner. “He uses humor to supplement his effective teaching strategies and incorporates a student-centered approach in his teaching practice. He prepares students to think on their feet, as they will need to do in a business or client meeting.”

Fenner lives in Canton with his wife, Dorothy. They have two grown daughters.

Jamie Gibson and President Szafran

Jamie L. Gibson of Edwards, a clinical instructor in SUNY Canton’s two-year Nursing program, won the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching. Gibson is pictured with President Zvi Szafran.

Jamie L. Gibson, who is a clinical instructor in the two-year Nursing program, received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching. She is known for emphasizing critical thinking and reasoning skills that help students connect lecture concepts to real-life clinical scenarios.

Her students overwhelmingly described her as a dedicated professional who is kind, approachable, and supportive. In addition, her colleagues credit her with being a major contributing factor for student success during nursing certification exams.

Through her more than 10 years working as a nurse, she is able to impart the knowledge she has gained by working in a fast-paced emergency room setting, where quick thinking and sound decision-making skills save lives.

“She is committed to the college and its Nursing students,” said Debra Backus, Ph.D., a recently-retired Nursing curriculum coordinator. “She approaches each students’ education at whatever level they are at and guides them to higher levels of understanding. She provides outstanding support for their continuing intellectual growth.”

Gibson Lives in Edwards with her husband, Jonathan, their daughter, Marlow, and son, Aiden.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 13 online degree programs. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and are joining the North Atlantic Conference beginning in the 2018-19 academic year.

Four SUNY Canton Employees Chosen to Receive Chancellor’s Awards

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher has selected four SUNY Canton faculty and professional staff members to receive the 2017 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence.

The following employees have demonstrated consistent superior performance to earn this prestigious honor:

  • Matthew BinkewiczMatthew P. Binkewicz received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching for his contributions to the Funeral Services Administration program. His 20 years of experience in bereavement counseling and spiritual care enriches the academic experience for his students, preparing them to be successful funeral directors. In addition to his course obligations, he regularly presents special-topic lectures on subjects that will benefit students as they prepare to enter the work force. He will be recognized at the college’s 109th Commencement Ceremony May 13.

 

  • Brenda L. Dean, a secretary 2 in the Canino School of Engineering Technology, is the recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service. During her 23-year career at the college, she has earned the respect the entire campus community by demonstrating outstanding professionalism and customer service. Among her many accomplishments is her work to ensure the timely completion of self-study reports that are required for academic program accreditation. She will be presented with her award at the college’s Recognition Day Ceremony May 19.

 

  • Melissa LeeAssistant Professor Melissa E. Lee was selected as a recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching for creating an inclusive learning environment in her classroom and on campus. She has developed new curricula about understanding gender and sexuality through literature and has been a co-advisor for SUNY Canton’s LGBT+ club for seven years. Her research has been published in a number of academic journals, and she is currently earning her Ph.D. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She will be recognized at the college’s 109th Commencement Ceremony May 13.

 

  • Molly MottAssociate Provost and Dean of Academic Support Services and Instructional Technologies Molly A. Mott, Ph.D., has received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service. During her 28-year career, she has led a number of initiatives that have had transformative effects on the college; most notably her vision to modernize the Southworth Library Learning Commons. As one of the first online instructors at SUNY Canton, she subsequently went on to oversee the Department of Online Learning, paving the way for online degree programs. She will be recognized at the college’s 109th Commencement Ceremony May 13.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 13 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and are conference members of the newly formed American Collegiate Athletic Association.

SUNY Canton Recognizes Student Chancellor’s Award Winners

Friday, May 5th, 2017

Two students will be receiving special recognition for outstanding academic and community achievement at SUNY Canton’s 109th Commencement Ceremony held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 13, in the Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center.

Poornima Rathika Balasubramaniam Nanayakkara, a Health and Fitness Promotion student from Sri Lanka, and Sarah N. Nuss, a Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology major from Wynantskill both earned the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence. They recently received their awards at a special ceremony in Albany and will wear special medals denoting their accomplishment at commencement.

“It is my honor to celebrate the achievements of students who have surpassed SUNY’s highest standards of academic excellence and leadership both on and off campus,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “Every student we recognize today has demonstrated a strong commitment to their degree program, home campus, greater community, and much more. Congratulations to all of the students receiving this year’s award.”

Chancellor Zimpher, Poornima Rathika Balasubramaniam Nanayakkara, President Szafran

Nanayakkara came to SUNY Canton through an educational agreement with the International Institute for Health Sciences in Sri Lanka, having previously earned a Computer Technology Diploma in her home country. She earned an Associate Degree in the Physical Therapist Assistant program and then joined the college’s four-year Health and Fitness Promotion program.

She’s been on the President’s List every semester of her college career. She won the award for the highest GPA in her program and is a member of both the Golden Key International Honor Society and the Collegiate Science & Technology Entry Program. Nanayakkara has also been a Resident Assistant on campus for the past year and has been both a volunteer and professional tutor in the college’s Math and Science Tutoring Center.

Chancellor Zimpher, Sarah Nuss, President Szafran

Nuss is the vice president of the SUNY Canton American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Student Chapter and led the design team for this year’s steel bridge. She helped the team earn second place in a recent regional competition.

She has been a frontrunner and active member of six clubs and societies on campus, including serving as president of the Outdoor Adventure Club and a senator for the Environmental Change Organization. She is the cofounder of the new Society of Women Engineers and has been a role model for young women looking into entering the science, engineering and technology fields.

Nuss has been extensively involved with undergraduate research and has coauthored three publications in the Geological Society of America Conference Abstracts Bulletin related to water quality, erosion prediction, and sediment loading of the Grasse River in Canton.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 13 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and are conference members of the newly formed American Collegiate Athletic Association.

SUNY Leader to Hold Excelsior Scholarship Information Session May 5 at SUNY Canton

Monday, May 1st, 2017

H. Carl McCallGovernor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that members of his administration and SUNY leaders will be holding information sessions about the Excelsior Scholarship Program.

Carl McCall, chairman of the SUNY Board of Trustees, will be visiting SUNY Canton at 11:30 a.m. Friday, May 5, in SUNY Canton’s Richard W. Miller Campus Center Room 218 for one of the sessions. The event is free and open to the public. Students, parents and faculty are all encouraged to attend to learn about the scholarship.

Under the Excelsior Scholarship, nearly 80 percent, or 940,000 middle-class families and individuals making up to $125,000 per year, would qualify to attend college tuition-free at all CUNY and SUNY two- and four-year colleges in New York State.

“Chairman McCall will be able to add his insight and increase our ability to relay accurate information about this promising new program,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “Students and their families will have an added chance to learn about the Excelsior Scholarship.”

SUNY Canton Excelsior ScholarshipSUNY Canton has previously held information sessions coupled with its Admissions and Financial Aid offices. An additional online session will be held Monday, May 8 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. To register for an information session, click here.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 13 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

SUNY Board of Trustees Appoints Dr. Kristina M. Johnson as the 13th Chancellor

Monday, April 24th, 2017

 

Chancellor Kristina JohnsonThe State University of New York Board of Trustees today announced the appointment of Dr. Kristina M. Johnson as the 13th chancellor of SUNY, the largest comprehensive system of public higher education in the United States.

“Dr. Johnson brings an incredibly impressive and broad range of skills to her new position,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “Her background as a researcher, entrepreneur, educator, public servant and engineer will be an unbelievable asset to our system and our students. We look forward to working with her to build upon the successes SUNY Canton has achieved in developing new programs; championing diversity and inclusion; and fulfilling New York State’s need for graduates with applied skills, particularly in STEM disciplines.”

Dr. Johnson is the founder and chief executive officer of Cube Hydro Partners, LLC, which develops hydroelectric generation facilities that provide clean energy to communities and businesses throughout the country. She was appointed by President Barack Obama as U.S. Under Secretary of Energy and served as Johns Hopkins University provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs, dean of the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University, and professor at the University of Colorado-Boulder.

SUNY logo“Throughout her distinguished career, Kristina Johnson has not only been a faculty member, administrator, and visionary in higher education but also a dedicated public servant, national energy czar, successful entrepreneur, and an acclaimed inventor,” said SUNY Chairman H. Carl McCall. “We are thrilled to welcome her to SUNY, where her range of experience will enable her to leverage the incredible work of our 64 colleges and universities. On behalf of the SUNY Board of Trustees and Search Committee, I want to thank Governor Cuomo, whose commitment to public higher education helped us to attract a top candidate, and Nancy Zimpher, whose leadership of SUNY over the last eight years has raised the profile of this position to an all-time high.”

“Dr. Johnson is a proven leader and innovator whose cross-sector experience and strong belief in the power of education will be a great benefit to The State University of New York,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “In academia, she has brought stakeholder groups together to create and implement strategic vision crafted at the hands of many. On the national forefront, she successfully managed and uplifted our country’s most advanced energy research. And as a former faculty member turned entrepreneur, time and again she has bridged the gap between higher education and business to create programs that prepare students for in-demand careers. The future of SUNY is indeed bright under the leadership of Dr. Johnson.”

Throughout her career, Dr. Johnson has been an advocate for women in leadership, advanced STEM and STEAM education, pioneered the creation of jobs through higher education-industry partnerships, established intensive research opportunities for students and faculty, and positioned leading institutions of higher education for greater success through the development of innovative strategic plans.

“The State University of New York is a complex, captivating system like no other in higher education, and the opportunity to serve as its chancellor is the highest honor of my career,” said Dr. Johnson. “I look forward to building on the excellent foundation for SUNY that Governor Cuomo, Chancellor Zimpher, and the Board of Trustees have developed in partnership with SUNY presidents, faculty, staff, and students as well as the communities they serve in every region.”

Dr. Johnson is an inventor and entrepreneur who holds 118 U.S. and international patents. She became a member of the National Academy of Inventors and the National Academy of Engineering in 2016 and was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, together with Gary Sharp, in 2015, for the development of polarization-control technologies that enabled high quality 3D movies and TV.

Chancellor Zimpher will step down from the position in June 2017 after an eight-year term during which she has positioned the university system as a national model through an unprecedented partnership with Governor Cuomo. Dr. Johnson’s appointment as chancellor is effective September 5, 2017, at an annual state salary of $560,000. Interim leadership for the period between June and September will be appointed by the SUNY Board of Trustees at its June 21, 2017, meeting.

 

About Dr. Kristina M. Johnson

Dr. Johnson received her B.S. with distinction, M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University. After a NATO post-doctoral fellowship at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, she joined the University of Colorado-Boulder’s faculty in 1985 as an assistant professor and, later, full professor. From 1994 to 1998, Dr. Johnson directed the NSF/ERC for Optoelectronics Computing Systems Center at the University of Colorado and Colorado State University.

As dean of the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University from 1999 to 2007, Dr. Johnson created intensive student/faculty research partnerships and led a strategic planning process, “Building on Excellence,” which established new cross-disciplinary research programs while also increasing undergraduate enrollment by 20 percent, doubling the number of graduate students, tripling research expenditures, and tripling the university’s physical infrastructure through the design and construction of the world-class Fitzpatrick Center for Interdisciplinary Engineering, Medicine, and Applied Sciences.

Additionally under her leadership at Duke, endowment increased tenfold under the Campaign for Duke University, and the Blue Devil (Venture) Fund was established to support the Pratt School of Engineering. She worked closely with Pratt School of Engineering faculty and department chairs to increase the percentage of women faculty from 6 to 19 percent, hiring 55 faculty during her term, including 19 early career award winners, one elected to the National Academy of Engineering, and one nominated for the Nobel Prize in Physics.

As provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs at Johns Hopkins University from 2007 to 2009, Dr. Johnson was second-in-charge of the university with direct oversight of the academic operations and budget of nine schools that included leading interdisciplinary programs, academic centers, and institutes. During her term, she led a university-wide strategic planning process, “Framework for the Future,” and bolstered leadership in research, new initiatives, and graduate programs, including the creation of the Mosaic Initiative to recruit outstanding faculty, launch of the Discovery Grant Program for faculty-led initiatives, and management of the university’s ten-year accreditation review.

Named an NSF Presidential Young Investigator in 1985 and a Fulbright Faculty Scholar in 1991, Dr. Johnson’s academic awards include the Dennis Gabor Prize for creativity and innovation in modern optics (1993) and the John Fritz Medal (2008), which is widely considered the highest award in engineering, as previous recipients include Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, and Orville Wright.

Dr. Johnson was inducted into the Women in Technology International Hall of Fame (2003) and the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2015. She received the Society of Women Engineers Lifetime Achievement Award (2004), the ARCS Foundation Eagle Award for science and education (2009), and the Woman of Vision Award for Leadership by the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology (2010). She holds 42 U.S. patents, has published 149 referenced papers and proceedings, and received honorary degrees from University of Alabama a Huntsville, Tufts University, McGill University, and Trinity College, Dublin.

Recognized for her work in technology transfer and entrepreneurship by the states of Colorado and North Carolina, she received the 2010 Milton Steward Award from the Small Business Technology Council (SBTC), and is a fellow of the Optical Society of America, International Electronics and Electrical Engineering (IEEE), the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Dr. Johnson is married to Ms. Veronica Meinhard, the Senior Executive Director of Principal Gifts and Senior Associate Athletic Director at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP). Previously, Ms. Meinhard worked for 21 years at the University of Florida in various capacities in University Development and Alumni Affairs.

 

About The State University of New York

The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, with 64 college and university campuses located within 30 miles of every home, school and business in the state. In 2015-16, SUNY served nearly 1.3 million students, including nearly 600,000 in credit bearing courses and programs and more than 700,000 through continuing education and community outreach programs. SUNY students and faculty across the state make significant contributions to research and discovery, resulting in nearly $1 billion of externally-sponsored activity each year. There are 3 million SUNY alumni worldwide and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree are SUNY alumni. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit www.suny.edu.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 13 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and are conference members of the newly formed American Collegiate Athletic Association.

SUNY Canton Opens Center for Diversities and Inclusion

Friday, April 21st, 2017

SUNY Canton held a grand opening for its Center for Diversities and Inclusion April 20.

The center will serve as a home for an array of services and programs, such as diversity events, sensitivity training, student leadership development, mediation, tutoring, advising and advocacy.

Representatives from the college, SUNY and the community attended the grand opening of the Center for Diversities and Inclusion.

Representatives from the college, SUNY and the community attended the grand opening of the Center for Diversities and Inclusion.

“At SUNY Canton, our motto is ‘Everyone is Welcome Here,’ and the establishment of this center exemplifies our commitment to that philosophy,” said President Zvi Szafran. “We’re determined to be the place where everyone knows about and celebrates the diversity within our community, our state, our country and our world.”

After a blessing by spiritual leader and member of the Mohawk Bear Clan Thomas R. Porter, college and SUNY representatives spoke about the importance of a space that ensures inclusivity and celebrates different ethnicities and cultures.

SUNY Vice Chancellor and Chief Diversity Officer Carlos N. Medina was on hand for the event and congratulated the entire community on the achievement.

SUNY Vice Chancellor and Chief Diversity Officer Carlos N. Medina speaks at the ceremony.

SUNY Vice Chancellor and Chief Diversity Officer Carlos N. Medina speaks at the ceremony.

“As our national discourse becomes increasingly polarized, some groups may feel under attack and isolated,” said Medina. “With the creation of this center, the campus can assist diverse populations by creating safe spaces – and what I also like to call ‘brave spaces’ – that educate through compassionate behavioral modeling.”

Funding for the center was provided in part by Sen. Patty A. Ritchie.

“We’re grateful for Senator Ritchie’s continued support of SUNY Canton and, specifically, this center,” said Szafran.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 13 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and are conference members of the newly formed American Collegiate Athletic Association.