SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy will be featured in an upcoming higher education publication designed to inform and educate industry experts and executives.
Kennedy was recently interviewed for an article in Education Executive magazine and discusses the difficult task that laid ahead for the incoming president when he arrived in 1993. In the article, Kennedy explains why he said yes to the role when most people wouldn’t have entertained taking on the challenge and illustrates the success of the programs he implemented over the past 18 years.
“I say yes all the time,” Kennedy said in the article. “Want to know why? Because you have to be open to new ideas and willing to take risks if you want to keep moving forward. What we’ve achieved didn’t come from my efforts alone. It came from the hard work of our faculty and staff to develop new programs and come up with new ideas. I just had to be willing to support them.”
Kennedy is now the longest tenured active SUNY president.
When Kennedy’s tenure began, he quickly realized he would need to take the College in a different direction and add bachelor’s degrees. With the support of former SUNY Chancellor Bruce Johnstone, eighteen years later, SUNY Canton has the same number of bachelor’s degrees as associate degrees, all of which are in high-demand and geared towards providing students with a hands-on education that prepares them for careers following graduation. The College has also experienced exponential growth in enrollment and the physical campus itself has grown under his guidance. SUNY Canton most recently added a new athletic facility and will open a new residence hall in Fall 2011.
Throughout the article, Kennedy reiterates the reason why he continues to do what he does: to improve the learning experience for students. In addition to the growth in bachelor’s degrees, he’s encouraged faculty members to earn their doctorate degrees by having the College spend $1 million to help them do so. He’s also added online degree programs, international study abroad and dual degree opportunities, and other innovative programs.
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