New York State Governor David A. Paterson has appointed Ronald M. O’Neill, graduate of the class of 1963, as the next SUNY Canton College Council Chair.
“I’m really happy that I’ll be able to aid the College through this position again,” O’Neill said. “I’ve missed being a part of all of the wonderful development and expansion at the College.”
O’Neill began serving on the College Council in 1984 and was appointed as chair in 1992 by former Governor Mario M. Cuomo. In 1996, Wesley L. Stitt took over the position as Chair under the direction of Governor George E. Pataki, and O’Neill continued to serve as a board member until 1999.
“Ron has an illustrious record with the College,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “I look forward to resuming our working relationship for the continued betterment of the College.”
The incoming College Council Chair retired from the Social Security Administration in 1999. He was named to the State University of New York’s Alumni Honor Roll in 2000, based on his extensive contributions to the community and to SUNY Canton. That same year, he received the SUNY Canton Distinguished Alumnus Award.
O’Neill was the youngest Democratic Chairman for the Town of Canton, was a Morley Library Trustee and was a member of the Morley Volunteer Fire Company. While working for the Social Security Administration, he was also an alternate and on-site union representative for the American Federation of Government Employees.
O’Neill lives in Canton with his wife, June F. O’Neill, who is the Chair of the New York State Democratic Party. Their daughter Victoria O. Hayes is a Curriculum and Development Instructor in the Education Program at SUNY Potsdam.
“I’m pleased that Ron is coming back to work with the College Council,” Stitt said. “His experience and knowledge will be vital in the college’s continuing advancement. It’s been rewarding to be a part of the extraordinary success of the college over the past 12 years.”
Stitt will be serving as College Council Chair for SUNY Canton’s 100th Commencement Ceremony and will serve out his appointment as a College Council member until his term ends in June 2009.
“Wes has been an extraordinary advocate for the College,” said Kennedy. “His contributions to SUNY Canton and his tireless support for public higher education have been an integral part of the College’s success over the past several years. It will be extremely beneficial to have Ron and Wes working together to ensure a smooth transition over the next few months.”
SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 65 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams have joined the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.
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