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SUNY Canton Celebrates Promotions in the Canino School of Engineering Technology

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran recently recognized promotions and new appointments in the Canino School of Engineering Technology.

Among those recognized was Michael J. Newtown, who was recently hired as the school’s dean after serving the college in an interim capacity for the same position. Previously, he was an associate professor who helped create the college’s Alternative and Renewable Energy program. He has conducted grant-funded research into pellet combustion in collaboration with the Cornell Cooperative Extension and Clarkson University. Newtown was recognized for his outstanding service to the college with the President’s Meritorious Service Award in 2009.

Provost Doug Scheidt, Dean Michael Newtown, and President Zvi Szafran

Newtown is currently working on his Doctorate in Fluids Mechanics and Heat Transfer at Clarkson University. He previously earned his Master of Science in Engineering and Global Operation Management from Clarkson, his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Rochester Institute of Technology and his Associate Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from SUNY Canton.

Additionally, Daniel J. Gagliardi was promoted to professor, which is the highest position available for teaching professionals at the college. He was instrumental in creating the college’s mathematics minor and developed several new courses within the program. He has published numerous research articles and routinely guest lectures at mathematics conferences. He received the college’s Distinguished Faculty award in 2015.

Dan Gagliardi teaches a class.

Gagliardi earned his Doctorate in Mathematics from North Carolina State University, his Master of Science in Mathematics from New Mexico State University and his Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from SUNY Purchase.

Promotions from the college’s School of Business and Liberal Arts and the School of Science Health and Criminal Justice will be announced at a later date.


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 engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s 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 11 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

SUNY Canton Announces New Hires and Promotions

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

SUNY CantonSUNY Canton President Dr. Joseph L. Kennedy and the senior leadership team announced several key hires and recent promotions that will aid in the ongoing growth of the College.

“Please join me in welcoming new faculty and staff members and congratulating employees who recently received promotions or reclassifications,” said Kennedy. “Our dedicated faculty and staff help drive the success of SUNY Canton and its continuing growth.”

Among the most recent full and part-time additions at SUNY Canton are:

  • David Bradman was hired as the new women’s lacrosse coach. Both women’s and men’s lacrosse will start this spring as varsity sports.
  • Michael Budler was hired as a campus worker in grounds. He’s assisting with snow removal on campus and other projects at the College.
  • Renee M. Butterfield was hired as the assistant director of the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP). CSTEP is the College’s newest grant-funded scholars program designed to prepare minority and economically disadvantaged students for specific careers.
  • Daniel V. Callahan was hired as a University Police officer. He is also enrolled in the St. Lawrence County/David Sullivan Law Enforcement Academy.
  • Amanda L. Deckert was hired as an admissions counselor. She formerly worked in the Student Service Center and has taken an active role in the College’s social media outreach efforts to connect with incoming students.
  • Chad M. Delosh was hired as a paid intern in Admissions. He began as an Admissions intern from the management program with the guidance of Associate Professor Charles R. Fenner.
  • Bryan Ingalls was hired as the new women’s softball coach. He comes to SUNY Canton from SUNY Cortland and has more than seven years of coaching experience.
  • Brooke E. James was hired as a business advisor in the Small Business Development Center. Brook has helped orchestrate two on-campus workshops to help area small businesses save energy and secure government contracts.
  • Gudrun B. Johnson was hired as an agency service representative in the Student Service Center. She works on student accounts and will be assisting parents and students with financial aid and billing.
  • Priscilla Leggette was hired as associate director of student activities. She assists with preparing campus events and has been well very received by the students.
  • Tyler Moulton was hired as a University Police officer. Tyler is enrolled in the St. Lawrence County/David Sullivan Law Enforcement Academy.
  • Janet Parcell-Mitchell was hired as an additional athletic trainer to assist Chris Scuderi with the growing number of student-athletes and new sports teams at the College. We’ve added four new sports this year.
  • David R. Penepent was hired as an assistant professor and program director of the funeral services administration program. He is the former manager of Herson Funeral Home in Montrose, Pa., and is currently studying for his doctorate in applied management and decision science from Walden University.
  • Sheila S. Peo was hired as the interim director of accommodative services earlier this fall. She was hired to fill in for Veigh Mehan Lee during a temporary leave of absence.
  • Michael J. Smith was hired as an agency service representative in the Student Service Center. He will be providing phone support and helping to implement portions of the Banner Document Management System.
  • Andres J. Sovero was hired as an admissions counselor. He recruits in the New York City area, which has seen a demonstrated increase in applicants.
  • Heather Tate was hired as an instructional designer for SUNY Canton OnLine. She has been offering innovative professional development programming for faculty members.
  • Jennifer Whittaker was hired as an assistant librarian at Southworth Library. She interned for a semester with Library staff and is overseeing Southworth’s digital initiatives.

Recent promotions and reclassifications include:

  • Courtney B. Bish was recently promoted to dean of students. Courtney will be replacing Daniel J. Sweeney, who will continue his bridge to retirement as the assistant dean of students and Greek life coordinator.
  • Kyle Brown was promoted to director of information services and SUNY Canton OnLine. Kyle was also recently named to the Information Technology Transformation Team and will be making recommendations for SUNY-wide IT initiatives.
  • Julie A. Cruickshank was promoted to staff associate in the Davis Health Center. She is the primary assistant to Patricia A. Todd, director of health services and oversees tobacco cessation initiatives on campus.
  • Michelle Currier was promoted to director of Library Services. She previously was the Interim Director of Library Services and will be helping with SUNY-wide shared library initiatives.
  • Kismet Hampton (formerly Crump) was promoted to admissions advisor. She has taken over coordination of the admissions for the highly selective nursing program.
  • John M. Kennedy was promoted to director of Residence Life. John has been the associate director of residence life for the past year. He is also the men’s cross-country coach and works with the Drop-in Advising Center to coordinate new student orientation.
  • Erin Lassial was promoted to admissions advisor. She oversees the College’s tour guide program and developed a comprehensive training program to enhance visiting students’ overall experience.
  • Mathew C. Nichols was promoted to Instructional Support Associate in the SUNY Canton OnLine offices. He provides faculty with ANGEL technical support.
  • John Stebbins was promoted to Supervising Janitor. He’s in charge of the night custodial staff in all the academic buildings.
  • Cori L. Wilhelm was promoted to Assistant Director of Admissions. She’s acted as interim Assistant Director for two years and has provided a constant form of support for new and seasoned counselors.


All new hires and promotions, including temporary and permanent appointments, were announced after the start of the Fall 2011 semester. Promotions prior were noted in the fall Human Resources Newsletter. Photos of promotions are routinely updated on the Employee Recognition page. Both are available on the Human Resources webpage.


Promotions and New Hires Announced at SUNY Canton

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy recently announced several administrative promotions for the Fall 2010 semester and welcomed all new employees to the College.

“One of the key reasons that we’ve been able to maintain our level of growth is by placing the right people in the right careers at the College,” said Kennedy. “Through key promotions and new hires, we will be able to continue our trend and continue to move forward.”

Among the employees to receive recent promotions at SUNY Canton:

  • Linda D. Pellett will be starting her first full semester as provost and vice president for academic affairs. Pellett previously served as the dean of the School of Science, Health, and Criminal Justice.
  • Molly A. Mott was promoted to vice president for student affairs to replace retiring Vice President Daniel J. Sweeney. Sweeney will continue working as the dean of students until his retirement. Mott was previously the dean of academic services and retention.
  • Kenneth A. Erickson was promoted to dean of the school of Science, Health and Criminal Justice to fill the position left vacant when Pellett moved into the provost position. Erickson was previously a professor and chair of the science department, served as an interim dean of the School of Business and Liberal Arts, and is the former faculty assembly chair at the College.
  • Randy B. Sieminski was promoted to assistant vice president for advancement/athletic director. He will assume the duties of athletic director and continue to oversee aspects of the advancement division, including the office of public relations.
  • Diane Para, Ph.D. was promoted to professor and program director for the College’s new sports management bachelor’s degree. Para previously served as athletic director.
  • David F. Norenberg was promoted to director of the office of admissions. Norenberg was previously the director of the career services office.

For a complete listing of all of the College’s promotions, visit

New hires include:

  • Bruce F. Alexander was hired as the associate facilities program coordinator. He was previously the director of operation at Millrock Technology Park in Holladay, Utah. Alexander is a certified director of facilities and has accreditations from several industry specific organizations. He received his bachelor’s degree in facility management from Brigham Young University in 2007.
  • Megan S. Bernier was hired as public relations coordinator. She was previously an assistant dean of undergraduate admissions at Clarkson University. Bernier received her master’s degree in educational leadership at St. Lawrence University in 2009.
  • Michelle Currier was hired as an assistant librarian at Southworth Library. She has been an adjunct faculty member at SUNY Canton for the past year and a librarian for Potsdam Central School District, and a teacher at several North Country school districts. She earned her Masters in Library Science from Florida State University in 2006 and is currently pursuing a second master’s in Creative Writing from National University.
  • Shani Y. Curry was hired as an assistant professor in the criminal justice department. She was previously a paralegal instructor from Atlanta Technical College. She earned her Juris Doctorate from the Florida State University College of Law in 1998.
  • Pamela E. Enser was hired as the assistant registrar. She will take over when the College’s current registrar, Barbara N. Porter retires later this fall. Enser was previously the coordinator of the office of student services in the College of Education at SUNY Fredonia. She is currently working on post-master’s graduate studies through the University of Buffalo.
  • Mark D. Howlett was hired as the Kangaroos men’s soccer coach. He was previously the men’s assistant soccer coach at Nazareth College in Rochester. Howlett received his bachelor’s degree in marketing from Judson University in Elgin, Ill., in 2008.
  • Troy D. Lassial was hired as a residence hall director in Rushton Hall and intramural and free recreation director. He was previously the running back coach for the St. Lawrence University men’s football team. Lassial earned his master’s degree in educational leadership from St. Lawrence University in May.
  • Brandy L. Lawrence was hired as a residence director in Smith Hall. She worked the past three summers as an Upward Bound counselor coordinator, tutor, counselor, and residence staff member at SUNY Canton. Lawrence received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from SUNY Cortland in May.
  • Mathew C. Nichols was hired as an online Learning Technician for SUNY Canton OnLine. He was previously a Tier 2 Technical Support Representative at Fused Solutions in Potsdam and was formerly a combat engineer in the United States Army Reserve. Nichols earned his bachelor’s degree in information systems and business processes from Clarkson University in 2008.