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Canisius College installed Steve Stoute as the institution’s 25th president during installation ceremonies on Saturday, October 22. Faculty, students and staff were all in attendance, as were several members of the extended Canisius community including religious, political and civic leaders.

President Stoute selected as his theme for the inauguration: Leadership for the Future: Renew. Inspire. Serve. Empower (RISE). His inaugural address called upon the Canisius community to Renew its commitment to justice, Inspire a new generation of leaders, Serve all we encounter with love, and Empower others to do the same.

To watch the full installation ceremony and hear President Stoute’s inaugural address, click here.

Shawn O’Rourke, PhD, (left) associate professor of sport management and 2022 Distinguished Faculty Award winner, leads faculty and administrators in the academic procession. Sara Morris, PhD, (center) vice president for academic affairs, carries the academic mace as grand marshal of the academic procession and master of ceremonies. Rev. Dr. Jonathan Lawrence, PhD, (right) chair of the Faculty Senate, delivers greetings to President Stoute on behalf of his colleagues, during inauguration ceremonies on Saturday.

Jahare Hudson ’24 (left), president of the Undergraduate Student Association, and Stacey Menos MS ’23, president of the student Physician Assistant Association, deliver greetings to President Stoute.

The Most Rev. Michael Fisher (left), Bishop of Buffalo, issues his formal greeting to President Stoute, during installation ceremonies. He is followed by the Very Rev. Joseph O’Keefe, SJ (center), Provincial of the East Province of the Society of Jesus, and Rev. Thomas Slon, SJ (right), rector of the Canisius Jesuit Community, who conducted the missioning of President Stoute on behalf of the Society of Jesus.

The presidential symbols were presented to President Stoute by members of the Canisius College Board of Trustees. Pictured (left): Francis Lazarus ’66, PhD (left), who presents the academic mace; Cindy Odom ’90 (center), vice chair of the Trustees, offers the college charter; and Martin Berardi ’79 (right), chair of the Board of Trustees, conferred upon Stoute the presidential medal.

Submitted by: College Communications