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Dear Canisius campus community,

After our short time together—a little over 2 months, if you’re counting—I expect you know that I believe in the power of teams to accomplish things far more significant than any individual possibly could.  You have also likely heard me talk about the importance of building diverse teams, in order to achieve the best outcomes.  In keeping with my commitments, I want to share with you a few updates related to our administrative leadership team at the college.

The Senior Leadership Team (SLT), which is comprised of those administrators who oversee major components of our college and my associate vice president, has been expanded to include Bill Maher ’89, director of athletics, and Linda M. Walleshauser, associate vice president for human resources and compliance.

In an effort to engage more diverse voices and perspectives in the leadership of the college, I have formed the Canisius Leadership Council (CLC).  The CLC is comprised of all members of the SLT, plus individuals who lead key functional areas on campus, which includes Tom Chambers, dean of the college of arts and sciences, Tom Ciminelli, director of facilities, Michele Folsom, director of administrative computing, Mark Harrington, associate vice president for student development and academic success, Fatima Rodriguez Johnson MS ’98, associate dean of diversity and inclusion, Denise Rotondo, dean of the Wehle School of Business, and Nancy Wallace, interim dean of the school of education and human services.

Lastly, the leadership team of the college will be bolstered by leveraging the significant experience of two nationally respected leaders in Catholic higher education.  Sandy Estanek, will serve as special assistant to the president for mission this year, and beginning in January 2023 Fr. Joseph McShane, SJ, will serve as special assistant to the president.

I am grateful to every member of the Canisius faculty and staff for your efforts in furthering our mission, and express my sincere appreciation to the individuals who have agreed to serve on the leadership team.

My best,

President Stoute