A retired college vice president and founding member of the SUNY Canton Foundation will be recognized as the 2009 Distinguished Citizen at the College’s 101st Commencement Ceremony.
Charles F. Goolden will be among the honorees and award recipients to be recognized with the 2009 graduating class at 10:30 a.m. on May 16th outdoors across from French Hall.
“Chuck provided years of dedicated service to the College and was meticulous in managing the College’s finances,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “Now he’s taken his tremendous work ethic and dedication out into the community and helped charitable organizations in ways that go beyond measure.”
During his tenure at SUNY Canton Goolden chaired the committee that developed and implemented student identification cards that are still utilized by most SUNY campuses. Goolden also lead the College’s move to computerize the accounting and record keeping at the college.
“Chuck’s service to SUNY Canton is well known to almost everyone,” noted SUNY Canton President Emeritus Earl W. Mac Arthur. “It is marked with innovation and long range thought and planning, coupled with his far-reaching influence with the State University of New York.”
The Vice President Emeritus was a founding member of the SUNY Canton Foundation Board of Directors and has served for more than 35 years. He created the Goolden Family Endowed Scholarship, which is awarded annually to incoming freshmen in the Mortuary Science or Business programs.
He has served tirelessly as a member and officer of the Canton-Potsdam Hospital (CPH) Board of Directors, according to Laura Cordts, Executive Director of the CPH Foundation. He and his wife, Linda, co-chaired the largest campaign in the hospital’s history, which lead to extensive upgrades at the hospital.
“Charles Goolden is a community treasure,” Cordts said. “Canton-Potsdam Hospital is a bigger and better place thanks to him.”
Charles joined SUNY Canton in 1966 after graduating from St. Lawrence University. Prior to his post as Vice President for Administration, he was the Executive Director of the College Association, Inc. Goolden retired from SUNY Canton in August 2001 after 35 years of service.
Charles and Linda also operated a family funeral business in Madrid for 20 years.As a licensed funeral director, he leant his insight and business sense to create the SUNY Canton Mortuary Science program. He continues to serve on the program’s advisory committee.
The Gooldens have two children, Andrew and Susan.
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.