Ed Cloce, President of TJ Toyota in Potsdam and a1959 automotive technology alumnus, recently presented SUNY Canton President Dr. Joseph L. Kennedy with a check following a donation to the College by his parent company.
“Mr. Cloce has been an active and supportive alumnus who cares deeply about the success and continued growth of the College,” Kennedy said. “He’s demonstrated his ongoing commitment to our College at many levels by helping develop our students’ learning experiences and by hiring many of our graduates.”
TJ Toyota recently expanded their business and completed a major facility upgrade. In recognition of the achievement, the New York regional offices of Toyota Motor Sales USA made a donation on behalf of Cloce to the SUNY Canton College Foundation to benefit the College’s automotive program. Cloce then matched the gift with an unrestricted donation to the SUNY Canton Foundation in honor of Kennedy.
“Together with his previous donations, Mr. Cloce has donated approximately $50,000 in assets and funding to the SUNY Canton College Foundation,” said SUNY Canton Vice President for Advancement David M. Gerlach. “We can’t thank him enough for his support of our programs and our administration.”
Cloce previously donated a Toyota Prius during the SUNY Canton Centennial Campaign in addition to establishing the Ed and Clara Cloce Scholarship in 1989. The family’s scholarship provides annual funding for one student enrolled in the College’s Canino School of Engineering Technology. Combined, the donations totaled approximately $3,000.
A portion of the funding will be used to purchase new equipment for servicing late model and hybrid vehicles in the college’s state-of-the-art automotive laboratories.
“We made this donation because of the extraordinary accomplishments the college has achieved under the guidance of President Kennedy,” Cloce said. “It is my hope that my donations help SUNY Canton students remember and value their education.”
Cloce is a member of the SUNY Canton College Foundation Board of Directors and a member of the automotive program’s advisory board. He received the Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Award at the College’s 101st Commencement Ceremony in 2009.
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A 1959 SUNY Canton Automotive Technology alumnus who owns one of the most successful North Country automotive dealerships will be honored by his alma mater.
D. Edgar Cloce, President of TJ Toyota in Potsdam, is the 2009 Recipient of the College’s Distinguished Alumni Award. The award will be presented at SUNY Canton’s 101st Commencement Ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 16, outdoors across from French Hall.
“Ed has been an exceptional advocate for the College and has employed many of our graduates,” said Dennis Tuper, an Automotive Technology Instructor and 2002 alumnus. “TJ Toyota is a business leader in St. Lawrence County and the company has been recognized for its continued outstanding service, customer satisfaction, and community involvement at the corporate level.”
Professor Emeritus Walter R. Kingston was among the individuals to nominate Cloce for the award. Kingston referred to Cloce’s outstanding commitment to the North Country community. “It makes me proud to see one of my former students become such a superb example of the success that can be achieved at SUNY Canton,” Kingston said. “He is an ambassador for the college and role model for students and alumni alike.”
During the college’s recent Centennial Celebration, Cloce donated a Toyota Prius to the SUNY Canton Foundation. The brand-new, fuel-saving hybrid vehicle was raffled to raise proceeds for an Automotive Technology scholarship. Ed and his wife, Clara, have also endowed a family scholarship that further aids students in the program.
When asked about what he would like to share with future graduates of the college, Ed replied: “You will always remember your time here at SUNY Canton. Your education and experiences will serve you well throughout your career and your life, as it did in mine.”
SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 100 courses online each semester. The College offers a four-day academic week allowing students greater flexibility for work, family, or other obligations. The College’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.
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