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SUNY Canton Selects New Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019
Peggy De Cooke

A highly-regarded educator and assessment expert from Purchase College has been selected to lead the future of academics at SUNY Canton. 

SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran announced that Peggy A. De Cooke, Ph.D., has been selected as the college’s new provost and vice president for academic affairs.

“Dr. De Cooke’s extensive educational leadership experience will help SUNY Canton continue to grow as Northern New York’s premiere career-driven college,” Szafran said. “She has successfully led initiatives in student success, program development, strategic planning, and assessment which are critical areas of focus as our college continues to expand.”

De Cooke will come to SUNY Canton from Purchase College, where she currently serves as an associate professor of psychology and the associate provost for academic affairs. Previously, she was chair of the College Senate and faculty presiding officer and acting dean of the School of the Arts. She will begin her new role on July 1.

 “On behalf of the Purchase College community, I congratulate Dr. Peggy De Cooke on her appointment as provost of SUNY Canton,” said Purchase College Provost Barry Pearson. “We’re proud and grateful for what Dr. De Cooke has accomplished during her 24 years at Purchase College.We have no doubt that she will be a transformative leader and wish her luck in her new role.”

De Cooke has extensive teaching experience from high school through graduate levels and has taught many courses in introductory and developmental psychology. Additionally, she has published or presented more than 50 papers on factors influencing student learning and performance.

“I am so pleased to be joining the SUNY Canton community and look forward to working closely with Dr. Szafran, campus leadership, faculty, staff, and students to advance the mission of the college,” De Cooke said. “Everyone was so warm and welcoming during my visit to campus. I can’t wait to get started!”

She earned her master’s and doctorate in Developmental Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, and her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor.

The provost and vice president of academic affairs serves as the chief academic administrator at the college. The office is currently jointly overseen on an interim basis by Dr. Molly A. Mott, Associate Provost/Dean of Academic Support Services, and Dr. Kenneth Erickson, Dean of the School of Science, Health and Criminal Justice.

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. 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 18 online degree programs. The college placed first in 14 categories in a SUNY-Wide Student Opinion Survey, most notably in career services, tutoring, library resources, and classroom facilities. The college’s 15 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. SUNY Canton also offers varsity esports and cheerleading.

SUNY Canton Hires New Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

Doug ScheidtThe college’s newest senior academic administrator was hired to help expand academic programs and strengthen student success.

SUNY Canton President Dr. Zvi Szafran announced that the college has selected Douglas M. Scheidt, Ph.D., as its new provost and vice president for academic affairs.

“Dr. Scheidt’s background in program development and assessment will be crucial as we continue to grow our college and expand our offerings,” Szafran said. “He has a record of encouraging academic growth and supporting faculty. I think he will be a very good fit for SUNY Canton.”

Scheidt will be leaving his position as the founding dean of the School of Education and Human Services at The College at Brockport and will begin his new career with SUNY Canton in mid July.

As dean, Scheidt led the proposal of 16 new programs, program revisions and changes in instruction to meet the strategic goals of Brockport. He is experienced with the duties and scope of his new position and previously served as interim provost and vice president for academic affairs. He also held the positions of assistant and associate professor with his previous college.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to team with Dr. Szafran, campus leadership, faculty, staff and students to advance the mission of SUNY Canton,” Scheidt said. “More personally, my entire family is looking forward to joining the Canton community, on and off campus.

The college’s newest vice president already has plans for development within the student population. He said he plans to continue the college’s emphasis on retention, graduation and placement rates. “Focusing on future students, I look forward to continued enrollment growth and programmatic innovation,” he added.

Scheidt is a New York State Licensed Psychologist who received his doctorate of Counseling Psychology from the University at Buffalo in 1991. He earned his bachelor’s in Psychology from Colgate University in 1986. Additionally, he completed the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Institute for Management and Leadership in Education.

The responsibilities of a provost vary at colleges. At SUNY Canton, the provost oversees the academic deans and faculty members, and is the senior-most academic administrator other than the president.

Karen M. Spellacy most recently held the provost position on an interim basis. She will be reassuming her duties as a professor of economics.


About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. 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 10 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

SUNY Canton Welcomes Schiffner as New Provost

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Carli Schiffner

SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy announced that Carli C. Schiffner, Ph.D., of Yakima, Washington, has been selected as the College’s new Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy announced his former Chief of Staff has been selected as the College’s new Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Carli C. Schiffner, Ph.D., of Yakima, Washington, will begin her full-time appointment in July 2011.

“Both Carli’s prior work with our campus community as well as the leadership experience she’s gained through her current position at Yakima Valley Community College will serve her well in this high-demand role,” Kennedy said. “The College has grown drastically in recent years, and we have placed our trust in Carli to continue that growth by creating more in-demand four-year programs and supporting our exponential increase in online offerings and international programs, all while encouraging the continued academic excellence of our students and faculty.”

Schiffner served as the Dean of Arts and Sciences at Yakima Valley Community College after leaving SUNY Canton in August 2007. She increased efficiencies with the division’s processes and procedures, led accreditation efforts for the campus, revised and restructured assessment within the division, and worked collaboratively with fellow administrators, staff, faculty, and respective unions. She has also worked diligently to mainstream the use of data when making decisions regarding curriculum, assessment, and hiring.

“I have been fortunate to have spent the past four years at a large urban community college where I have gained invaluable experience working on access and student success initiatives and am excited to take what I’ve learned into my new role as SUNY Canton’s Provost,” Schiffner said. “The College is going through a tremendous period of growth both in enrollment and its physical landscape. I look forward to using my enthusiasm, dedication, strong work ethic and sense of humor as I continue to champion academic excellence and integrity and move ahead with a successful student agenda.”

Schiffner came to SUNY Canton in 2003 as an assistant professor in the History department. In May 2005, she assumed the role as Chief of Staff for Kennedy but also maintained her faculty position at the College. She continued to work as a faculty leader in the areas of distance learning, institutional strategic planning, curriculum development, and accreditation.

Her research has focused on women’s groups in the Pacific Northwest during the Progressive Era. Since returning to the region in 2007, Schiffner has had work published in Columbia Magazine and the Pacific Northwest Quarterly, in addition to reviewing several history texts.

While at SUNY Canton, Schiffner created the U.S. Women’s History course and worked in the local archives to transcribe women’s diaries with students. “I would like to continue in some capacity to be involved in the local history of the North Country,” she said.

She is a member of the American Historical Association and has been a Humanities Washington Board of Trustees member since 2009. She is also an active parent volunteer at St. Joseph/Marquette Catholic School and a Daisy Troop Leader. While living in Canton, Schiffner was the secretary and archivist for the St. Lawrence County branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW). She also volunteered for Citizens Against Violent Acts (CAVA), a rape crisis center in Canton.

Schiffner received her bachelor’s degree from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., in 1996, her master’s degree in 1998 from Drew University in Madison, N.J., and her doctorate from Washington State University in 2004.

The position of SUNY Canton Provost was previously held by Linda D. Pellett, who assumed the role of Interim Provost in March 2010 and retired in December.

“I am thrilled we have Carli back in our community,” Pellett noted. “She brings with her an enormous amount of positive energy and will help continue to guide the College in the right direction despite the difficult financial situations that are ahead.”

Schiffner’s husband and daughter are looking forward to returning to the North Country. “When we previously lived in Canton, we made terrific friends that became our ‘East Coast’ family,” she said. “We are excited to reconnect with our friends and former neighbors, as well as making new relationships within the community. We are looking at this return as a homecoming and have been overwhelmed with the welcome we have already received.”

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Award-Winning Caribbean Author at SUNY Canton, March 25

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

Andre PorterA tireless drive to persevere and a strong work ethic have led Andre M. Porter to become an award-winning self-published author and poet.

Porter will be holding a reading at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, in SUNY Canton’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

The author’s works include Tears from My Pen and The Rise and Fall of a Jamaican Don.

In 2004 Porter was awarded Poet of the Year by the Famous Poets Society and was presented with the Shakespeare Trophy of Excellence. Later that year Andre was awarded number one Caribbean Author by the Philadelphia Multicultural Society.

The author has been described as highly determined and promotes a strong work-ethic through his own willingness to succeed.

“All our dreams can become reality,” Porter wrote. “People will call you a dreamer. Most lack vision or had a dream and stopped dreaming. America is not what you think of it, it’s what you make of it.”

The Rise and Fall of a Jamaican Don details the tumultuous rise of Jamaican boys to feared “Dons”, and gives an exposure to life as a Jamaican crime kingpin. It also reflects upon the first feelings of American Immigrants. The book is written as outtakes from a memoir authored on the run.

This event is presented by the SUNY Canton Carib-United club, the Office of the Provost, the Culture Arts and Technology Society, the School of Liberal Studies, and the English and Humanities Department.

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.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

UNH Dean Becomes SUNY Canton’s New Provost

Monday, December 17th, 2007

Bill TrumbleSUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy announced that a Dean from the University of New Hampshire (UNH) has been selected as SUNY Canton’s new Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. William R. Trumble, Ph.D., of Madbury, N.H., will begin his full-time appointment in March 2008.

“Dr. Trumble joins us with an extensive research and administrative background,” Kennedy said. “His duties as SUNY Canton Provost will include continuing the college’s mission to offer more four-year degrees, the expansion of SUNY Canton OnLine, growth in international programs, and supporting the academic excellence of our students and faculty.”

Trumble comes to Canton from his most recent post as Dean of the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture at UNH and Director of the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station. He is also an instructing Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

“I am extremely honored to be the incoming Provost,” Trumble said. “I think I’ll bring an interesting set of experiences to SUNY Canton, including working with both two- and four-year programs, industrial interactions, technology-assisted and ‘paperless’ work environments, in addition to advocacy for students, faculty, and staff. I’m anxious to arrive in Canton on a full-time basis to get to know everyone and learn what the hopes and goals and aspirations are for the campus.”

During his tenure as Dean, he increased undergraduate enrollment and retention rates and made efforts to better understand the students’ point of view. “I lived with the students in a freshman dorm for a week to learn about problems from a student prospective,” Trumble said.

Trumble will augment SUNY Canton’s growth and development initiatives, according to Kennedy. Trumble previously facilitated the development of UNH’s strategic plan and reorganized the systems so that the college had unified and shared communications. He quintupled the college’s external research portfolio and increased the credit hours taught.

“SUNY Canton is poised to grow in the areas of new bachelor’s degrees, online learning opportunities, international interactions, and the ability for students to differentiate themselves through the educational process to ensure successful employment,” Trumble pointed out.

Trumble worked closely with the Foundation at UNH and created the largest “pipeline” of major donors at the college.

“He has outstanding credentials and has demonstrated an impressive dedication to scholarship and to faculty members,” Kennedy said.

Trumble has earned numerous awards and accolades throughout his career in higher education, including: the University of Idaho Academic Advising Award; a research award through the University of Idaho’s honorary agriculture society; and an Outstanding Faculty Award for the fields of Microbiology, Molecular Biology, and Biochemistry.

Trumble also was selected as an “Outstanding International Student Advisor” by Who’s Who among International Students in American Universities and Colleges in 1990.

He has served on the board of directors for the American Heart Association in several different regions and won the second place Excellence of Research Award from the organization in the National Student Research Forum.

Trumble’s research in the fields of chemistry, biology, and biochemistry has been published in numerous academic articles and books. He has served on the board of Scientific Advisors at Lark Technologies, Inc., and at Suma Biological, Inc., both based in Houston, Texas.

Trumble served in the U.S. Navy in the Nuclear Submarine Service. He received his bachelor’s degree from Washington State University in Pullman, Wash., and completed his graduate work at the University of Texas Health Center at Dallas, Texas.

The position of SUNY Canton Provost previously was held by Jeremy D. Brown, who accepted a college Presidency at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in July. Pauline A. Graveline, Dean of the School of Liberal Studies and Support Services, will continue serving as an Interim Provost until Trumble joins the college full time.

Trumble said that he and his wife, Mayme, and their son Jon, are fans of the winter weather. They will be looking forward to all of the opportunities for skiing, hiking, and fishing that the North Country has to offer. “Canton offers a quality of life that is very inviting,” Trumble said. “The people at SUNY Canton have won us over with their friendliness and dedication to the school.”


Dr. Jeremy D. Brown Selected President of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007

SUNY Canton Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Jeremy D. Brown has been selected to serve as the next president of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education’s (PASSHE) Board of Governors made the selection this week at the conclusion of a national search. Dr. Brown will begin his tenure at Edinboro on July 1. He will replace Dr. Frank G. Pogue, who has served as the University’s president since July 1996. Dr. Pogue plans to retire June 30.

Dr. Brown was named provost at SUNY Canton in 2003. Previously, he served for three years as rector of Florida State University Panama. He began his academic career as an assistant professor in the Physics Department at Princeton University in 1984.

Dr. Brown has helped SUNY Canton significantly expand its academic curriculum. During his tenure, the college has grown from offering seven bachelor’s degrees to 13, with three others awaiting state approval. The college has also reached all-time record highs in summer and winter term enrollments in each of the last two years.

“Jeremy’s accomplishments at SUNY Canton have been truly extraordinary and we will benefit from his efforts for many years,” said President Joseph L. Kennedy. “It’s not a surprise that other colleges and universities recognize our successes and identify the outstanding individuals behind those accomplishments. We’re going to miss Jeremy both professionally and personally, but we are happy for him and his family.”

SUNY Canton’s recent growth in distance learning recently prompted the college to unveil SUNY Canton OL, or SUNY Canton OnLine. Over the last few years, articulation agreements have been formed with numerous other colleges and universities, including Moscow State University, Yamagata University in Japan, American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Northern Wyoming Community College District, Kherson State University in Ukraine, and Massasoit Community College in Massachusetts. That collective group of colleges has been referred to as “Planet Canton.”

“It’s been a remarkably rewarding and satisfying experience to have been part of SUNY Canton’s growth over the past several years,” Brown said. “Our progress has been amazing and it’s a true testimony to the outstanding dedication of the faculty and staff. While I’ll miss my colleagues here, the opportunity to become the president at Edinboro University is one that I cannot pass by.”

“Dr. Brown will bring to Edinboro University of Pennsylvania a distinguished record as both an educator and administrator,” said Edinboro Board of Governors Chairman Kenneth M. Jarin. “He is an excellent choice to lead Edinboro into the future.”

Harold Shields, chairman of the University’s Presidential Search Committee and secretary of the Council of Trustees, also said he is pleased with the Board of Governor’s decision.

“The committee and the council submitted to the Chancellor and Board of Governors the strongest three-candidate slate possible,” Shields said, adding that the selection process began six months ago with 50 potential candidates. Over the months, the 50 were narrowed to the final three. Shields said the committee’s single objective was “to find the president who will be the best fit for Edinboro University.”

Founded in 1857, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania enrolls approximately 7,700 students, including about 1,100 graduate students. It offers 78 undergraduate and 18 graduate degree programs and employs about 400 full- and part-time faculty.