Educational Professional Award 2018

QuattroneAfter returning from Vietnam in 1967, David Quattrone decided to take advantage of the GI bill and attend college. He had a strong desire to wrestle in college, and SUNY Corning Community College was a perfect fit. At 23, he was undecided about what he wanted to be when he grew up, so he enrolled in the Business Administration program and took his first accounting course with Professor Dick Pettingill. Accounting Principles I was his first academic success.

According to David: “Dick Pettingill and Robert Kelley in Intermediate Accounting helped instill a love of the discipline of accounting as well as a strong desire to teach accounting. The maturity and discipline I acquired from the Army and Vietnam experience helped me devote hours of study and attain Dean’s List status throughout my student tenure at SUNY CCC.

David went on to graduate in 1971 from the University at Buffalo as a Dean’s List student. Although he knew that ultimately he wanted to teach at a community college, he thought that it would be best to gain some first-hand experience in the field of accounting. With 18 months in the real world, an accounting position opened up at SUNY CCC; he began teaching in 1972. During that time, he attended SUNY Binghamton during the evenings and attained a Master’s Degree in Accounting and in 1977 successfully completed the Certified Public Accounting Exam.

Former President Kate Douglas noted that David excelled in the classroom and was a frequent leader among the college faculty. He served as the elected chair of College Association/Faculty Assembly several times. He was the Division Chair of the Business Administration Division for two three-year terms, after which he served as the Department Chair for Business and Accounting.

After a 43-year teaching career at SUNY CCC, David retired in 2015. He currently resides in The Villages, Florida with his wife, Judy.