Message from Daniel Fay
Dan began teaching at SUNY Canton in 1968 and dedicated over 50 years to his teaching, academic duties, and administrative functions within the Accounting program. As a faculty member, Dan influenced generations of Canton students who have since become prominent alumni at the College. He is well known and highly regarded as an outstanding educator and community leader. He received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service in 2011. According to letters of support from faculty members and students, Dan strove to provide every opportunity to increase scholarship, diversity, and positive relationships. His unwavering dedication was described as “amazing” and “unsurpassed”.
Dan exemplified outstanding service by giving of himself tirelessly to promoting the college, the Accounting program, and serving his community to the highest level of excellence. He has been an active board member of the SUNY Canton College Foundation for more than 20 years. Dan helped create student scholarships through the Eileen and George Fay Endowment and the Linda Fay Endowment. Dan served over 25 years in a variety of Canton Town and St. Lawrence County elected positions, for over 50 years as a member of the Canton Knights of Columbus, and as a Grand Knight for 10 years.
Sports have played a large role in his life. Included in Dan’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 many years. Dan’s excellent record led to his induction into both the Clarkson University Hall of Fame and Massena Central High School 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 in 2010 when the College chose to name Honors Convocation in her honor.