Regan will be the guest of honor at Honors Convocation where 75 students will be recognized for outstanding academics and leadership at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, in Alumni Gymnasium in Dana Athletic Center. The event is free and open to the public.
“Marie Regan was recommended unanimously by the Recognition and Awards committee for her years of dedication to the college and to the community,” said Kennedy. “I join with them in saluting Professor Regan’s years of outstanding service to the college. She exemplifies the drive that we instill in our current students and the leadership talent we encourage in our faculty.”
Regan retired with the highly-esteemed State University of New York Distinguished Service Professor status and the SUNY Canton Distinguished Faculty Award in 1996 after 24 years at SUNY Canton. As a professor of English and Humanities, she taught numerous writing and literature courses. She remains one of the most recognizable faces to faculty and staff members on campus.
“I’m really surprised, overwhelmed, and grateful for this honor,” Regan said. “I think SUNY Canton offers a wonderful opportunity for student and faculty growth. It gave me the first opportunity to begin working in governance, which helped me during my second career as a town supervisor.”
Regan will also be reading with some of her SUNY Canton colleagues at “Readings from the American Past” at 4 p.m. Monday, April 30, in the SUNY Canton Kingston Theater.
During her time at the college, she spearheaded and served on many of the committees that helped shape the college. She was the English and Humanities Department Chair, a faculty senator, a member of the State University of New York Faculty Senate Executive Committee, and even served on the hiring committee that brought SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy to the college.
Among those who nominated her for this distinguished recognition was Regan’s long-standing colleague, Sue S. Rummel. “With such an impressive list of credentials, it is incredible that Marie excelled even more in the classroom,” Rummel said. “Her enthusiasm for her subject matter is contagious. I heard one student say ‘she makes you want to get involved,’ which is the highest praise for a professor.”
Professor Emeritus and 2006 Honors Convocation namesake Kermit D. Morgan said Regan’s reputation among her colleagues and students surpassed excellence. “Her efforts are constantly aimed at helping everyone do their very best,” Morgan said.
She has been a founding board member and a teacher an administrator for the Stimulating Opportunities after Retirement, or SOAR, which offers peer learning opportunities to North Country residents of retirement age. She has served as the president of the St. Lawrence County American Association of University Women chapter and served as the chair for Potsdam’s bicentennial.
Regan earned her bachelor’s degree in 1957 from SUNY Albany with a major in American and British Literature, and a minor in Speech and Drama. She received her Master’s degree in 1977 from SUNY Potsdam with a concentration in American Literature. She also has a permanent secondary-level English certification and taught at Massena Central High School.
Regan lives in the town of Potsdam with her husband, Robert. She has five adult children: Shawn, Denise, Gavin, Bridget, and Stephanie, and 11 grandchildren.