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Outstanding Alumni Awards

Stephen E. TeeleStephen E. Teele ’72 is an assessor for the Towns of Canton and Hammond, NY. Teele currently serves as President of the St. Lawrence County Assessors Association. He is a professional assessor certified by the Institute of Assessing Officers, NYS Assessors’ Association. Since 1977 he has owned and operated Teele Farms, a 118 acre dairy farm and a 700 acre corn, and soybean farm in Lisbon, NY The dairy farm was purchased by his son, David in 2002.

After graduating from Cornell, Teele worked as a regional organization director with the New York Farm Bureau from 1973 to 1975. He later worked as a farm loan officer with Oneida National Bank and oversaw all agricultural loans.

Over the years, Teele has served in many leadership positions in almost every layer of local government. He was elected in 1994--1996 as chairman of the Board of Legislators and also served as chairman of their Agricultural Committee from 1990 to 1993. He continued as a member of the Board of Legislators until 2006 concluding 18 years of service. Teele was also elected to the Lisbon Central School Board and served for 17 years, and also served as town justice. He was elected by school district representatives to Board of Cooperative Educational Services, serving as a member for 15 years and served as president for three years.

Active in many agricultural organizations before, during, and after attending Cornell, Teele continues to be a member of countless organizations. As a widely respected community leader, he has been recognized with the Outstanding Young Farmer Award in 1979, by New York Farm Bureau; the First Dairy of Distinction Award given in St. Lawrence County in 1984; and consistently received Quality of Distinction Certificates by Kraft Foods Co.

In addition to his community leadership and involvements, Teele has been involved with Cornell and CALS. He is a lifetime member of the CALS Alumni Association, serving as both president (1991-1992), and vice president (1989-1990). While as president of the Alumni Association, he appointed a 20-member task force to study the position and determine the direction of the Alumni Association, which resulted in the organization’s first five-year plan. As an active member of his district’s leadership team (made up of 3 northern New York counties), Teele organized many well-attended alumni events in St. Lawrence County.

Teele was chairman of the ALScapades ’89 alumni event held in 1989 conjunction with the dedication of Alumni Auditorium. It was through Teele’s effective leadership; the Alumni Auditorium campaign surpassed their goal of $500,000 and raised $750,000 for the construction and completion of Alumni Auditorium in Kennedy Hall. The Auditorium was re-dedicated in June 1996 and named for retiring Dean David L. Call.

As a longtime participant of the National Agricultural Alumni and Development Association (NAADA), Teele traveled to the annual NAADA Conference at other land-grant universities for many, many years. He was instrumental in getting other CALS alumni involved with the NAADA conference and organization. Teele is a member of the Liberty Hyde Bailey Leadership Society and served as member of Cornell University Council from 1993 to 1997.

Always involved in the education of children in addition to his service on numerous school boards, Teele was very influential in raising the academic standards in the Lisbon school district. He was active with the local chapter of Future Farmers of America, at the county, state, and national levels. Teele has also been instrumental in recruiting many students to attend CALS and Cornell from nearby rural communities. He has been a longtime, active member with his church, leading his church thru difficult financial times including purchasing the church’s camp from the church association.

Teele also holds a masters degree in education administration from St. Lawrence University in 2003. He lives in Lisbon, NY with his wife, Gail. They have two sons: Jonathan and David.

Outstanding Alumni Awards