SUNY Canton announces several administrative promotions, welcomes new staff
Monday, August 30, 2010 - 3:26 am

CANTON -- 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 www.canton.edu/human_resources/recognition.

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 2007.

• 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.