The SUNY Canton College Council presented long-time employee Randall W. Teele with the 2009 Employee Recognition Award for his years of outstanding and unwavering commitment to the college.
“Randy is one of the people who work diligently behind the scenes to ensure the smooth running of the College,” said President Joseph L. Kennedy. “His dedication over the years and his daily attention to detail enable us to provide students with a safe, friendly environment to learn and succeed.”
Teele began working at the college more than 25 years ago on the College’s farm and later joined the maintenance staff at the college. In addition to his duties as locksmith, he also helps out with carpentry and mechanical maintenance.
“Randy’s duty of being the locksmith on campus is an enormous responsibility,” said Building Trades Supervisor Dave Mills. “He is responsible for thousands of keys on campus, all of the card access system keys, and all dorm room combination locks.”
Teele has also been involved in the North Country community. He has served as a member of the Lisbon Town and Recreation Boards. He is a marching band booster, he is a former elementary school volunteer basketball coach, and is active in his church.
“Randy can always be counted on when called upon. He receives calls in the middle of the night, weekends and holidays to return to campus to help keep it secure,” said Chief of University Police William F. Mason.
Teele graduated from SUNY Canton in 1981 with a degree in Animal Husbandry, a precursor to the Veterinary Science Technology program. He graduated again in 1982 with a one-year certificate in Electrical Construction and Maintenance. He earned his Journeyman General Mechanic certification while working at the college.
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 100 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.