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I am pleased to announce that Yvonne Widenor has accepted the position of Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs focused on Faculty Development and Student Support.  The search committee of Rene De La Pedraja (chair), Jennifer Desiderio, Jonathan Lawrence, Shana Richardson and Lisa Sullivan completed thoughtful evaluation and provided detailed, enthusiastic and unanimous recommendation of Yvonne for this position.

In the report to me, the committee spoke highly of Yvonne’s numerous strengths.  She has taught at Canisius for 20 years, and the wide range of courses she teaches provide her with a firm understanding of our students, the experiences of faculty members and the Canisius academic enterprise.  She is widely known on campus, enthusiastic about engaging people in a variety of academic and cultural activities on campus, and has extensive beneficial experiences on campus ranging from directing ArtsCanisius to serving on the Faculty Senate.  She is already seeking ways to integrate Canisius with our local community through ArtsCanisius events. She also discussed several creative ideas about how she would approach the position and how she would support Canisius’ faculty and our students.

Yvonne will begin this new role in January 2024, as her predecessor, Jennifer Lodi-Smith, returns to her full-time faculty role.  Please join me in congratulating Yvonne on this new role, and thanking the search committee for their efforts.

Submitted by: Sara R Morris, Vice President for Academic Affairs