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After 16 years of loyal and dedicated service to Canisius, Dennis Misko, director of external projects and major gift officer in the Office of Institutional Advancement, is retiring.

At Canisius, Dennis worked with thousands of alumni and donors to bring important resources to the Canisius Fund, endowment and athletics. He was the driving force behind the creation of the Coach’s Circle, a group of more than 70 leadership donors who support the men’s basketball program. 

In 2015, Dennis was inducted into the Canisius Sports Hall of Fame receiving the Rev. Paul J. Dugan, SJ, Award, an honor that recognizes individuals for their significant contributions to Canisius athletics. That same year, he received the prestigious George M. Martin Advancement Award, which honors an individual for his/her extraordinary contributions to Canisius and the mission of institutional advancement.  He is a member of the DiGamma Honor Society.

Dennis will continue to stay connected to Canisius through men’s basketball and other volunteer activities and he looks forward to spending more time with his wife Kathy, children Dennis, Dan and Amy, and 11 grandchildren!

We congratulate Dennis on his well-deserved retirement. He is forever a Golden Griffin and part of our Canisius family. Contributions to honor Dennis and his service to the college may be made to the men’s basketball program at or by calling the Office of Advancement at Ext. 8218.   

Submitted by: Kimberly A. Venti, vice president, Institutional Advancement