Dedicated SUNY Canton Student Advocates Receive Chancellor’s Awards


Two employees have been recognized for outstanding administrative skills and for improving the overall student experience at SUNY Canton.

Renee L. Campbell, assistant to the provost, received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service and Kellie S. Harris, administrative assistant 2 in the School of Science, Health and Criminal Justice, received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service.

Renee Campbell and Kellie Harris hold out their Chancellor's Award medallions.
Pictured (l to r) are SUNY Canton employees Renee L. Campbell and Kellie S. Harris holding their SUNY Chancellor’s Awards. Campbell is the assistant to the provost and Harris is an administrative assistant 2 in the School of Science, Health and Criminal Justice.

Campbell began her career at SUNY Canton almost 20 years ago as an agency service representative in the Student Service Center. She has also been an administrative assistant for the School of Business and Liberal Arts. She is noted for applying a customer-driven philosophy to all of her positions.

“Renee has an incredible depth of knowledge about the college, and she is completely committed to student success” said SUNY Canton Provost Peggy A. De Cooke. “She ensures our students feel welcome, cared for and supported. She is an invaluable member of my leadership team, and it is truly a pleasure working with her.”

In addition to her extensive committee service, she has volunteered at important campus initiatives, including employee and student COVID testing. Campbell is the recipient of numerous awards, such as the Excellence in Customer Service Award, the Employee Recognition Award, and the President’s Meritorious Service Award. She resides in Chase Mills with her husband, Tim. She has a son, Drew, three stepchildren, Matthew, Katelyn, Kristen and son-in-law John, and two grandchildren, Isla and Graham.

Renee Campbell and Kellie Harris hold their Chancellor's Award medallions in the palms of their hands.

Harris has provided outstanding support to the school’s students and faculty, particularly during the past year while working remotely. Problem-solving and the ability to handle difficult situations with ease are among her most admired traits.

“The faculty from the school all know they can ask Kellie for help at any time, for any reason, and she will happily do everything possible to assist them,” said Kenneth Erickson, professor and former dean of the School of Science, Health and Criminal Justice. “Students who interact with her quickly learn that as well.”

She has been applauded for her ability to evaluate transfer credits for prospective students in a prompt and accurate manner. “She checks, then double checks, to make sure every student gets the most credit possible,” Erickson said.

Harris previously received a golden apple award from the Phi Theta Kappa honor society in recognition for her commitment to student success. She lives near Heuvelton with her husband, Stan, and children, Marena and Ryan.

The Chancellor's Awards for Excellence are SUNY System-level honors conferred to acknowledge and provide recognition for consistently superior professional achievement and to encourage the ongoing pursuit of excellence. The career-defining achievement is denoted by a special medal which is worn with academic regalia at formal college events.

About SUNY Canton

Discover SUNY Canton, where innovation meets opportunity. The college’s career-focused educational programs emphasize hands-on and applied learning opportunities in digital design, engineering technology, health, information technology, management, public service, and veterinary technology. Faculty members bring real-world experience and exceptional academic expertise to the classroom. As a leader in online education, SUNY Canton offers unmatched flexibility with hundreds of courses and 23 comprehensive degree programs offered completely online. The SUNY Canton Kangaroos compete at the NCAA Division III level and will be transitioning to the SUNYAC in Fall 2024. In addition to its 15 traditional teams, SUNY Canton offers coed varsity esports and cheerleading.