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Dear Colleagues,

I am very pleased to inform you that Dr. Denise Rotondo has accepted the position of dean of the Wehle School of Business, effective June 4.  No doubt some of you reviewed her credentials as the search process unfolded and, I hope, had the chance to meet her and/or hear her presentation. She comes to us with more than two decades of experience as a faculty member and an administrator, most recently as dean of the School of Business at the State University of New York, Geneseo. In this role, Dr. Rotondo led the school through a successful Continuous Improvement Review with AACSB in 2017. Her strong history of involvement with AACSB, including serving on peer-review teams in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, will serve Canisius very well as we enter our next accreditation cycle.

Her orientation and values fit beautifully with our Jesuit tradition of academic excellence and commitment to the whole person. She will bring a high level of energy and creativity to the role and I look forward to working with her.

Based on Dr. Rotondo’s extensive experience, I am confident that her knowledge, expertise, and commitment will assure the continuity of current initiatives and the development of new opportunities.  Many thanks to the search committee and all who participated in the process.

All the best,


Submitted by: Margaret C. McCarthy, PhD, vice president for academic affairs