University at Albany

Excellence in Support Service

Each year, the University at Albany honors special members of its community with Excellence Awards denoting exceptional contributions to the life of the campus. Three staff members received this tribute in 2000 for Excellence in Support Service.

Ida R. CantyIda R. CantyProvost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Ida R. Canty, secretary to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, has been a key team player since joining the office in 1989. As one of the first points of contact for those seeking information or assistance from the Provost or her staff, she greets them with professionalism and courtesy. She is well known for her flexibility, tact, diplomacy, ability to listen, and cultural awareness. Canty’s polished interpersonal skills are a perfect fit for the complex nature of the office.

Able to handle unpredictable situations with calm and poise, Canty is a highly effective and innovative manager of office functions, contributing to the ability of the Provost and other staff to carry out their mission.

She exhibits exemplary organizational skills in supporting the mandated reviews conducted by the University Senate’s Council on Promotion and Continuing Appointments. She manages the required processes of the 15-member Council, ensuring that the members, candidates, provost or dean, and department chair are alerted of all actions. Canty has provided outstanding support to the University’s New Faculty Orientation process, contributes to the organization of data distributed at the University’s Fall Faculty meetings, serves as a manager to various accounts, has served on search committees, and is a frequent source of contact, from University staff, for information. Her willingness and ability to juggle multiple tasks are crucial to the performance of her duties, given the extraordinary activity in the office.

Outside the University, Canty serves as a friend of Unity House in Troy, dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for people living in poverty, and has tutored high school equivalency students. She also has earned a certificate in beginner’s sailing.

Excellence in Support Service

Ida R. Canty Robert J. Morawski Addie Napolitano
Ida R. Canty
Provost and
Vice President
for Academic
Robert J. Morawski
Physical Plant
Addie Napolitano
Public Affairs

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