A new endowment at SUNY Cobleskill has been established to honor Professor Stephen “Doc” Mackenzie, a pillar of the College’s Animal Science: Canine concentration for nearly 40 years.

The endowment was announced as Dr. Mackenzie received a Master Trainer of the Year award from the North American Police Work Dog Association (NAPWDA) on May 12 in Eureka, Missouri.

SUNY Cobleskill Professor Dr. Stephen Mackenzie receives the Trainer of the Year Award from the NAPWDA.

Dr. Stephen Mackenzie, right, receives the Master Trainer of the Year Award from the NAPWDA.

“Dr. Stephen Mackenzie is the kind of educator that makes SUNY Cobleskill a leader in applied learning,” said SUNY Cobleskill President Dr. Marion A. Terenzio. “His reputation as a master trainer is exceeded perhaps only by his reputation as a masterful and compassionate teacher. I congratulate him on earning the Master Trainer of the Year award, and I am proud to announce the Dr. Stephen Mackenzie Canine Equipment Endowment in his honor.”

With a funding goal of $10,000, the endowment will help fulfill the ever-growing equipment needs of the Canine program. SUNY Cobleskill is one of only a few accredited colleges in the country that offer canine programs. Students in the program prepare to work as trainers in various settings, from private pet training to law enforcement, as well as a variety of other careers. The program often works closely with local law enforcement to the benefit of both.

Dr. Mackenzie is a court-recognized expert in animal behavior at both the state and federal levels in both criminal and civil cases, and a frequent instructor at police and search and rescue dog seminars across the United States and Canada.

“Doc Mackenzie has been central to building the quality and reputation of our Animal Science: Canine concentration for the past 30 years,” said Timothy Moore, Dean of SUNY Cobleskill’s School of Agriculture and Natural Resources. “Under his expert guidance, the program has become a jewel of SUNY Cobleskill’s School of Agriculture and Technology and a destination for students who dream of turning their love of dogs into meaningful careers.”

For more information or to contribute to the endowment, contact the Office of College Advancement at 518.255.5524. Give online at www.cobleskill.edu/give.

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