SUNY Canton has renamed two buildings in honor its former presidents during its Alumni Weekend celebration. The Faculty Office Building was renamed for President Emeritus Earl W. MacArthur, and the Grasse River Suites was named after retired President Joseph L. Kennedy.
MacArthur Hall and Kennedy Hall will stand alongside Wicks Hall, Nevaldine Hall, Payson Hall and Cook Hall, which were all named after the most famous educators and administrators in the college’s history.
“Dr. MacArthur implemented the first set of formal building dedications on this campus,” SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran said. “We are continuing his legacy of naming buildings after key individuals.”
MacArthur was president from 1972 to 1992. During his time at the college, he established the Canton College Foundation, which helps provide scholarships for students and financial support for faculty initiatives. He set new enrollment records when the college added nearly 1,000 students during his first four years as President. He was an advocate for the Educational Opportunity Program, which helped SUNY Canton continue its mission of access for all students. He also championed computer literacy and created one of the very first academic computing and word processing centers in the SUNY system.
“Whatever I achieved was because of the team that I worked with,” MacArthur humbly said. “I worked with a great group of administrators and outstanding faculty.”
He received the college’s Distinguished Citizen Award in 2005 and received an honorary doctorate from Clarkson University. He and his wife Joyce were inducted into the SUNY Canton Hall of Fame in 2011 for the continuing contributions to the college and community.
Kennedy was President from 1993 to 2013. He also grew the college’s student enrollment, which doubled during his tenure. Among his numerous accomplishments, he added four-year programs to the college’s strong selection of two-year and certificate offerings. In fact, all of SUNY Canton’s bachelor’s degrees were created through his leadership. Kennedy orchestrated and endorsed online academic offerings, and the college became one of the largest online programs in the SUNY System.
“Among his other accomplishments, Dr. Kennedy helped bring college courses to high school students,” Szafran added. “First face-to-face and then online.”
Kennedy also helped fuel growth in the college’s athletic program, which expanded from a two-year to a four-year conference, became a provisional member of the NCAA and added five new sports. Alongside the growth, the college adopted the Kangaroo as its athletic name and mascot.
“It was an honor for me to serve as the president of SUNY Canton,” Kennedy said. “It was exciting, always challenging and almost always fun.”
Kennedy worked with the SUNY Canton foundation and alumni association to construct the suite-style living complex, which opened in 2011. The former president also oversaw the completion of the Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center that same year.
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.