CANTON -- A faculty member with more than four decades of service to SUNY Canton and numerous ties to the Canton community will receive one of the highest recognitions possible from the State University of New York.
Accounting Professor Daniel G. Fay will be a recipient of Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher's Award for Excellence in Faculty Service at SUNY Canton's 103rd Commencement Ceremony 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 21, in the college's brand-new athletic center, nicknamed Roos House.
Fay has influenced generations of students and is well known and highly regarded as an outstanding educator and community leader. According to letters of support from faculty members and students, he strives to provide every opportunity to increase scholarship, diversity and positive relationships. His unwavering dedication has been described as "amazing" and "unsurpassed."
"Professor Fay offers a high level of excellence in his professional knowledge and in the high standards he maintains in his teaching," said Assistant Professor of Finance Umesh Kumar, Fay's professional colleague. "He is simply an outstanding individual. I especially appreciate his ability to be a caring, proactive and effective educator."
Fay has been an active board member of the SUNY Canton College Foundation for more than 20 years. He has helped create student scholarships through the Eileen and George Fay Endowment and the Linda Fay Endowment. And he's helped create the SUNY Canton Investment Club, which analyzes and recommends investments for the College Foundation.
Fay is a Town of Canton Councilman, an area business owner, and an active member of the Knights of Columbus. He's served as a St. Lawrence County Legislator and a member of the Canton Highway, Audit, and Recreation Committees.
Sports have played a large role in his life. Included in Fay's athletic accomplishments are his intercollegiate wrestling career and his participation on the U.S. Bobsled team during the 1971 Winter Games. He has coached lacrosse for second-grade students and was an assistant varsity lacrosse coach at Canton's Hugh C. Williams High School for numerous years. His excellent record has led him to be inducted into Clarkson University's Hall of Fame and Massena Central High School's Hall of Fame. He was also inducted into the Hugh C. Williams High School Hall of Fame as an outstanding supporter of local athletics.
Dan is married to SUNY Canton Distinguished Professor Emeritus Linda L. Fay, who was recognized last year when the College chose to name Honors Convocation in her honor. They have three children, Mrs. Steven (Kelley) Glasgow, Edward, and John, and two grandchildren, Garret and Paige.
He is also closely associated with Anywar Ricky Richard, a former childhood soldier and the founder of Friends of Orphans, an organization that supports former child soldiers in Uganda, Africa. The Fays brought Richard to SUNY Canton as a guest speaker. His speech is widely remembered as one of the most poignant and informative lectures at the college.