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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