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If you were unable to attend President John Hurley’s Town Hall Meeting on December 6, you can read the recap below.

President Hurley began his Town Hall by reporting that the Boards of Trustees and Regents met earlier in the week. Work continues on every major issue of the financial picture of the college and restoration of the college’s eight percent contribution to the employee retirement plan remains a top priority.

Rev. James Miracky, SJ, provincial assistant for higher education for the Maryland and USA Northeast Provinces, was on campus recently to visit with faculty and staff and talk about how the Jesuit mission is integrated into all areas of the college.  Father Miracky summed up his visit for President Hurley noting that while people are concerned with the financial picture at Canisius, they continue to work hard and are committed to enhancing and solidifying the college’s mission as a Catholic, Jesuit institution.

On the enrollment front, President Hurley said that everywhere he goes people continue to inquire about Excellence within Reach.  While it is early in the cycle, the Office of Enrollment Management reports that campus visits are up 25 percent from last year. This is important, he noted, because the yield from campus visits is traditionally the highest.  President Hurley asked faculty and staff to encourage anyone interested in the college to visit the campus, as it is the best way to get a feel for our atmosphere and culture.

Enrollment Management and Marketing hosted a forum for faculty on November 17. The two-hour, interactive session was well-attended. The challenge now, said President Hurley, is for these areas to digest and implement suggestions into the current marketing strategy for the college.

The search for the dean of the Wehle School of Business is in progress, with the hope of interviewing candidates in the spring. The challenge remains to find an academic leader who is also networked into the business community.

President Hurley outlined several important items in the federal tax reform legislation which are crucial to higher education, and could prove to be harmful to Canisius College.  He also outlined these items in an email yesterday to faculty and staff asking that the campus community contact members of Congress to urge them to reject the provisions that will harm institutions like Canisius  (See the pdf below).


Submitted by: College Communications